Dr Sugandha Srivastav

Research Associate, Climate Compatible Growth


Sugandha Srivastav is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Climate Compatible Growth programme at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Her research focuses on designing effective climate policy in low and middle-income countries. She also explores incentives for clean innovation and the political economy of energy transitions.

Prior to Oxford, Sugandha worked as an environmental economist at Vivid Economics in London, advising development finance institutions, governments, and private firms on climate policy. She has also worked as an economist at ICRIER, a prominent think tank based in New Delhi.

Sugandha holds a DPhil in Environmental Economics from the University of Oxford, an MSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc. (Hons) in Economics, Politics, and International Relations from the University of Warwick.

Current Research

Sugandha’s research interests include the:

  • economics of clean innovation
  • environmental & energy economics
  • public economics
  • political economy of energy transitions

For details on working papers, visit Sugandha's website



Sugandha is the module co-leader for New Environmental Economic Thinking which is the foundational course for students in the Smith School's flagship MSc. in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment. She will start lecturing in Michaelmas 2023.

Sugandha is also a college tutor and SCR member at St. Antony's College.

Sugandha has done regular tutorials on Environmental Economics at the Master's level from 2018 onwards.



  • Srivastav, S., & Rafaty, R. (2022). Political Strategies to Overcome Climate Policy Obstructionism. Perspectives on Politics, 1-11. doi:10.1017/S1537592722002080
  • Fankhauser, S., Kotsch, R., and Srivastav, S. (2020). The Readiness of Industry for a Transformative Recovery from COVID 19. Global Sustainability, 3, E37
  • Rafaty, R., Srivastav, S., and Hoops, B. (2020). Revoking Coal Mining Permits: An Economic and Legal Analysis Climate Policy. Feb 18:1-7
  • Farmer, J. D., C. Hepburn, M. C. Ives, T. Hale, T. Wetzer, P. Mealy, R. Rafaty, S. Srivastav, and R. Way. (2019). Sensitive intervention points in the post-carbon transition. Science 364(6436), pp 132-134
  • Fankhauser, S., Srivastav, S., Kazaglis, A. (2017). Green Growth Opportunities for Asia. Asian Development Bank Economics Working Paper Series No. 508