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Narasimha Rao

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Title:Graduate, PhD 2011
Primary Affiliation:Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources
Other Affiliations:E-IPER
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Biographical Information

Narasimha D. Rao is currently a research scholar with the Energy program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. His research focuses on energy access and human development, energy and climate policy analysis, and low-carbon transition pathways. Aside from his research, he also leads a field project with World Resources Institute on assessing the socio-economic impacts of new, decentralized energy systems in India. His publications can be found at IIASA's web page ( and at

Dr. Rao has previous master's degrees in electrical engineering and technology policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His professional experience includes four years as a Visiting Faculty at the Indian Institute of Management's Center for Public Policy in Bangalore, India, and seven years of consulting in the electricity industry in the US.


  • 1996 | M.S, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1996 | M.S, Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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