Lecturer & Postdoctoral Fellow

Energy Economics - Environmental Economics - Innovation Economics

University of Oxford 


Welcome to my website! I am an applied microeconomist working on innovation, energy and the environment. I explore how to induce investment into early-stage clean technologies. I hold a PhD in Environmental Economics from the University of Oxford. 

I have worked as an environmental economist since 2015. At Vivid Economics (acquired by McKinsey), I advised clients such as the World Bank, Asian Devepment Bank, and national governments on climate policy, natural resource management and climate finance. I also worked as an economist for the Indian think tank ICRIER. 

Other notable engagements include being a referee for UChicago's Market Shaping Accelerator led by Nobel laureate Michael Kremer, doing a TEDx talk on energy innovation, and advising the UK government on solar policy (see talks and engagements)

I received the CESifo distinguished affiliate prize in 2023 for my research on solar and an honourable mention at the E-Axes Research Prize forum. My work was selected for the NBER workshop on energy innovation. In 2023, I won the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship worth £300,000 to develop my pipeline of research. I lecture MSc students on environmental economics in Oxford. 

Ongoing research 

Bringing Breakthrough Technologies to Market: Solar Power and Feed-in Tariffs

Unintended Consequences of Tech Neutrality: Evidence from Environmental and Innovation Policy Interactions  (with Jacquelyn Pless)

Charging Ahead: Regulatory Incentives and Battery Innovation in the United Kingdom

The Economic Costs of Lopsided Power Contracts: Evidence from Pakistan (with Tim Dobermann and Faraz Hayat)

Shorter research 

The Economics of Coal Phaseouts (with Michael Zaehringer) - Accepted at Climate Policy 

Contracts not costs: evidence of fossil fuel lock-in across Asia (with Jindal et al.)

Climate Change Mitigation Policies for Developing Countries with Caucheteux and Fankhauser - R&R at  Review of Environmental Economics and Policy

Knowledge Spillovers between Clean and Dirty Technologies (with Su Jung Jee)  - R&R Ecological Economics

Sugandha Srivastav  | British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow | University of Oxford