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. He uses data science to inform public policy on climate and energy justice. He is currently a research associate at the Centre for Natural Materials Innovation and the Energy Policy Research Group at Cambridge. He is also a visiting researcher at the International Energy Agency in France, focusing on energy transition and digitalisation. His main research areas are social data science, natural language processing, energy and climate justice, and social dimensions of digitalisation. His articles have been published in leading journals, including PLoS One, Energy Research and Social Science, Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Habitat International and Sustainable Cities and Society. His research has also been covered in major news outlets, including the Eureka Alert by AAAS, the Wire, the Hindustan Times, the Times of India, and ThePrint. Ramit has a background in electrical engineering and sustainable development. He holds an MPhil and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

In a nutshell:

I am skilled in interdisciplinary research with a strong collaborative track record with various international organisations to achieve the career objective of improving data-driven decision making. I have authored over 25 publications, presented at over 15 prestigious conferences. I have received over £300,000 in prestigious grants and scholarships.

Work Experience

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

    • 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.

Laudes Foundation Research Associate, Centre for Natural Materials Innovation, University of Cambridge (May 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.

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.

    • Co-authored India: Future we want in 2050 chapter

Research Assistant, Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, CRASSH, 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.

  • 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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