Ramit Debnath

PhD candidate at Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge


Ramit Debnath is a PhD Candidate and a Gates-Cambridge Scholar in the Behaviour and Building Performance Group at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge. He has a long-standing interest in poverty alleviation, mainly through ‘good’ energy policy. In particular, he has used modelling to estimate the influence of slum rehabilitation on energy security in the Global South. In his PhD, he will derive a welfare policy framework from supporting energy sustainability in extreme low-income urbanisation through an energy justice lens.

Ramit’s background is in electrical engineering and sustainability sciences. He has a deep interest in poverty alleviation and particularly the stimulus of sustainable energy in reducing extreme poverty. He has previously worked as a researcher at Stanford University and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay that included urban scale energy modelling for informal settlements in Mumbai. Following this, he joined the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development course at the Department of Engineering, the University of Cambridge as a Commonwealth Scholar. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed academic journals on the topics of energy policy, sustainability, urban planning, and building performance analysis. He is a member of the Energy Institute, Cambridge Philosophical Society, Energy Policy Research Group, Cambridge University Energy Network and Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange Forum. His research output has been covered widely in the news media as well.

Please visit his official webpage for latest research information: https://www.arct.cam.ac.uk/people/r-debnath