Lakshmi is a Ph.D. Fellow in Sustainable Energy at the UNEP DTU Partnership. Her research project focuses on sustainability transitions and low-carbon energy innovation in developing countries. The broad aim is to provide an improved understanding of the interface between the state, markets and donors as they develop and diffuse solar PV technology (off-grid and grid) in East Africa. Specifically, the project illustrates the role and mechanisms through which transnational actors and networks enable transitions, and the implications thereof. Alongside PhD, she has also worked in the areas of science-policy interface such as policy diffusion, renewable energy markets, project evaluations, and climate change mitigation.
Previously, Lakshmi has worked as a consultant at Environmental Resources Management (ERM) for 3 years. She gained expertise in the areas of corporate sustainability, conducting socio-economic assessment, human rights assessment, land and labour due diligence, stakeholder engagement, and CSR evaluation. In addition, she developed sustainability frameworks and management plans, with specialization in the energy sector (renewable energy and thermal power). She also developed numerous proposals, many of which culminated into successful projects, wrote extensive reports, and made oral presentations.
She has an interdisciplinary research background, and is well-versed with both qualitative and quantitative methods. She has previously conducted research on topics/issues at the interface of environment and development, including, ecosystem services, forest management, restoration ecology, and conservation-induced displacement.
Lakshmi holds a B.A. in Economics from Delhi University, India, a M.A. in Environment and Development from Ambedkar University Delhi, India, and a PG Diploma in Environmental Law and Policy from National Law University, Delhi/ World Wildlife Fund, Delhi.