Milind Kandlikar

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Milind Kandlikar

Professor, IRES
Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Contact Details

AERL Room 422
2202 Main Mall
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

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Research Interests

Climate change, Sustainability, Technology


Milind Kandlikar (PhD Carnegie Mellon) is a Professor at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. His work focuses on the intersection of technology innovation, human development and the global environment. Dr. Kandlikar’s current projects include the regulation of agricultural biotechnology including implications for food security; air quality in Indian cities; risks and benefits of nanotechnology; solar lighting systems in the developing world; and development and climate change. He has also published extensively on the science and policy of climate change.


Technological Change and Life Cycle Assessment in Auto-Sector

This projects examines the impact of technological and regulatory innovation such as product “take-back” policies on reuse, recycling in the automobile sector.

Transport, Air Quality and Development

This projects explores the relationship between transport policies and air quality outcomes in the develolping world, with focused case studies of India.

The Role of Uncertainty in Climate Change  

This work examines the impact of uncertainties in the science of climate change on “when, where and how much” carbon reduction.

Risks and Benefits of Nanotechnology

This work focuses on quantifying the health risks from nanoparticles using expert judgment; I also work on how scientists view the regulation of health risks from nanotechnology.

Climate Science, Equity and Development: The Role of International Institutions in Capacity Building for Climate Change

Due to its global nature, the climate change problem is one that reveals wide disparities between countries.

Global Focus: Hybrid vehicles produce scant environmental benefits, high cost

Despite major costs to taxpayers in the U.S. and Canada, government programs that offer rebates to hybrid vehicle buyers are failing to produce environmental benefits, a new UBC study says.

India: Can solar power become a tool for pro-poor development?

Recepients of the Martha Piper Research fund, associate professor Milind Kandlikar and Sumeet Gulati want to find out if solar power can be a viable energy solution for the 100 million households in rural india who do not have access to electricity.

Re-thinking the rickshaw

If you’ve been to parts of Asia or Africa, chances are a three-wheeled auto rickshaw got you from A to B. Cheap to drive and compact enough for a driver to whisk passengers through crowded streets, they are a vital mode of transportation for billions of people around the world everyday. But under their brightly painted exteriors, auto rickshaws have a dark side, a new UBC study has found.

The Right to Food: Food Access, Food Subsidy, and Residue-Based Bioenergy Production in India

Researchers at the Liu Institute for Global Issues will be working to answer important questions on food security in India, thanks to a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Food Security Policy in Asia – An International Symposium

A partnership between the Liu Institute, Asia Development Bank, and the Canadian International Development Agency will be sharing best practices and enhancing policy dialogue on food security in Asia and the Pacific region.

A framework for screening human health and environmental risks from nanomaterials

On May 24th and 25th, 2012, the Liu Institute hosted a group of experts for a workshop on nanotoxicology, human exposure assessment, and environmental fate and transport.


RMES 502 Interdisciplinary Case Analysis and Research Design

Featured Publications

Teehan, Paul, and Milind Kandlikar (2013). Comparing Embodied Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Modern Computing and Electronic Products. Environmental Science & Technology (2013 – in press).

Christian E.H. Beaudrie, Milind Kandlikar, Terre Satterfield (2013). From Cradle-to-Grave at the Nanoscale: Gaps in US Regulatory Oversight along the Nanomaterial Life Cycle. Environmental Science & Technology (2013 – in press).

Harish, S, Raghavan S, Kandlikar M (2013) Assessing the impact of the transition to Light Emitting Diodes based solar lighting systems in India. Energy for Sustainable Development (2013 – in press).

Grieshop, Andrew P., Daniel Boland, Conor CO Reynolds, Brian Gouge, Joshua S. Apte, Steven N. Rogak, and Milind Kandlikar (2012) Modeling Air Pollutant Emissions from Indian Auto-rickshaws: Model Development and Implications for Fleet Emission Rate Estimates. Atmospheric Environment, 50 (2012): 148–156.

Donner, S., Kandlikar, M., Zerriffi H. (2011) IEG’s Role in Evaluating Climate Financing—Response, Science 16 March 2012: 1302-1303. (Editorial Review)

Teehan, Paul, and Milind Kandlikar (2012) Sources of Variation in Life Cycle Assessments of Desktop Computers. Journal of Industrial Ecology 16, no. s1 (2012): S182–S194

Donner, S., Kandlikar, M., Zerriffi H. (2011) Preparing to Manage Climate Change Financing, Science 334, no. 6058 (November 18, 2011): 908 -909.

Ho-Lem, C., Zerriffi, H., Kandlikar, M. (2011) Who participates in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Why: A Quantitative Analysis of National Representation of Scientists in the IPCC, Global Environmental Change 21(4), 1308-1371.