A computational social scientist passionate about energy and climate justice


Ramit Debnath is a computational social scientist and a Gates Scholar based at the University of Cambridge, passionate about energy and climate justice. He is a Laudes Foundation Research Associate in Climate Policy at the Centre for Natural Materials Innovation and an affiliated member of the Energy Policy Research Group at Judge Business School and AI4ER CDT Programme. Ramit is also a visiting affiliate at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He works closely with the energy, climate, and tech industry in advisory roles, with recent policy work being referred at UN COP26.

He has received over £300K in research grants and fellowships and published in over 30 peer-reviewed journals and conferences, can be found here: Google Scholar

Ramit’s research interest lies in people-centric policy design, collective intelligence and distributive justice for sustainable development using tools like natural language processing, machine learning and grounded narratives. He has a background in electrical and electronics engineering and holds an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He engages actively in science communication and public outreach events across academia and industry.

Work Experience

Visiting scholar in Computational Social Science, Caltech, USA (Dec 2021 - Present)

    • Working on climate misinformation and greenwashing on social media using natural language processing , machine learning and AI.

Visiting researcher, International Energy Agency, Paris (Nov 2020 - Nov 2021)

    • Co-authored a seminal report on empowering cities for a net-zero future with consultation from over 100 stakeholders across industry, government, academia, citizen and civil society. The report received over 5000 downloads within 48 hours and was declared as a key policy document on energy transition and climate sustainability by the Italian G20 presidency.

    • Co-authored a national-level energy policy report with NITI Aayog, Government of India (GoI) on renewables integration in India. The GoI in their press briefing acknowledged that this report provides practical suggestions for the Indian states to manage their renewable integration challenges to meet national targets of 175GW by 2022 and 450 GW by 2030.

    • Assisted in conducting workshops and roundtable group meetings with ministers, heads of state, and leading industry and academic experts. The outputs have been used in shaping critical policy documents for climate action at a national scale.

    • Implemented natural language processing to assist in decision making on digitalisation to the Italian government through the 3DEN (data-driven digital networks) project.

GROWTH Leadership program, International Renewable Energy Agency, Abu Dhabi (Sept 2021 - Present)

    • Industry leadership program for future just energy transition experts and professionals.

Laudes Foundation Research Associate in Climate Policy, Centre for Natural Materials Innovation, University of Cambridge (Jun 2021 - Present)

    • Led an evidence synthesis project for the UK government on emissions reduction in the built environment using nature-based solutions. Currently, this work is informing policymakers at COP-26, Glasglow, Scotland.

    • Ongoing research includes UNFCCC's climate policy analysis for integrating engineered timber as an instrument for climate repair of the built environment by decarbonising the construction sector.

Research affiliate - Cambridge Centre for Climate Repair, Department of Engineering (Sep 2021 - present)

    • Investigating public perception and attitudes towards climate research using social data science.

Visiting researcher - DSG, The Alan Turing Institute (September 2021)

    • Competitively selected for September 2021 Data Study Group to work on health data science.

    • Executed data-centric engineering for 'Automated assessment of vascular perfusion'.

Climate change consultant, CambridgeZero, University of Cambridge and Deloitte (May 2021 - Present)

    • Authored an evidence synthesis for the India chapter of UK BEIS's Net-zero future vision for COP-26. Generated transition pathways across 5 sectors to boost India's commitment towards meeting the Paris agreement.

    • Executed policy synthesis for a net-zero future with experts from UK, Brazil, Jamaica, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

    • Lead author: COP 26 Futures We Want - India Country Profile for UK Government's BEIS and the citizen-science based #FuturesWeWant: India 2050

Research Assistant, Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, University of Cambridge (Jun 2021 - Present)

    • Estimating the environmental consequence of online activities like online shopping google search as a basis of public provocation for COP-26.

    • Designed a public outreach and engagement animation for the Festival of Social Science - 2021 on 'Planned obsolescence of smartphones and its environmental impact'.

Research Affiliate, Energy Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge (Oct 2018 - Present)

  • Shaped my PhD research through intense interdisciplinary intellectual exchange and knowledge transfer from the leading academics and practitioners in the field.

  • Collaborator, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford (Dec 2019 - Jan 2021)

  • Research Assistant in Social Policy, SciencesPo (Feb 2021 - Jun 2021)

  • Research Assistant in Social data science, Cambridge Judge Business School (Oct 2020 - Mar 2021)

  • Overseas Research Fellow, Michigan Conservative Energy Forum (MiCEF) (Nov 2020 - Mar 2021)

  • Visiting Researcher, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Stanford University (Oct 2016 - Jan 2017)

  • Research engineer, Centre for Urban Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Oct 2016 - Jul 2017)

  • E4D Summer School, ETH Zurich (Jun - Jul 2016)

  • Ben Gurion University of Negev Summer School (Jul - Aug 2015)

  • TISS Winter School (Dec 2014)

  • Summer Intern, National Thermal Power Plant India Limited (May - Jul 2013)

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