Dr. Vivek Shastry is a Senior Research Associate at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia SIPA. His work focuses on issues of energy access, opportunity, and justice across India, Africa, and the U.S., supporting CGEP’s Energy Opportunity Lab and the India Program. He has published several peer-reviewed articles in diverse journals, contributing to the literature on global energy poverty, U.S. energy transition, and energy use in the built environment. In addition to interdisciplinary research, he brings many years of strategic planning, partnership building, and program implementation experience through his prior work with SELCO Foundation.
Dr. Shastry earned a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin, where his doctoral research focused on understanding the consequences of poor electricity at rural health facilities, and the impacts of adopting productive uses of renewable energy among rural entrepreneurs. He also holds master’s degrees in Sustainable Design, and Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India.