Ambuj Sagar is the Vipula and Mahesh Chaturvedi Professor of Policy Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. Ambuj’s interests lie in science & technology policy, environmental policy, and development policy, with a particular focus on the interactions between technology and society. While his current research focuses mainly on energy innovation and climate policy, he also studies, more broadly, various facets of technology innovation, environmental policy and politics, and engineering education and research.
Ambuj’s recent papers have dealt with climate and energy innovation policy and strategies (in areas such as biofuels, coal-power, and automobiles), climate change policy, and capacity development for the environment. He is one of the developers of the concept of Climate Innovation Centers that became part of the Indian Government’s proposals in the global climate negotiation. He also helped initiate and design the recently-launched Indian National Improved Biomass Coosktove Initiative that aims to deliver clean-burning and efficient cookstoves to India’s poor. He has worked with various agencies of the Indian Government, with numerous international organizations, as well as with other private and public-sector organizations in the US (including as a staff researcher for a major study on energy R&D for the White House). Ambuj is a member of the Indian Planning Commission’s Expert Committee on a Low-Carbon Strategy for Inclusive Growth as well as the US-India Track II Dialog on Climate and Energy.
Ambuj did his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi. He subsequently received an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and an M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a Senior Research Associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Assistant Dean for Strategic Planning at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University before joining IIT Delhi in 2008.