Sandeep Pai

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Sandeep Pai

PhD with Hisham Zerriffi, 2021
Senior Research Lead, Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Sandeep Pai is senior research lead with the Energy Security and Climate Change program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. His expertise spans the political economy of energy transitions, coal sector dynamics, energy access, and just transitions. Previously, Sandeep worked as an investigative journalist with leading Indian newspapers such as the Hindustan Times, writing on rural development, energy transition, and political corruption in India and South Asia. In 2016, he was awarded India’s most prestigious journalism award, the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism award, for his series of stories on corruption in state-owned enterprises. In 2018, he published his first book on global energy transitions, titled Total Transition: The Human Side of the Renewable Energy Revolution. He holds a PhD in resources, environment, and sustainability from the University of British Columbia and a joint MSc degree in environmental sciences, policy, and management from Lund University, Central European University.

Last updated March 2022