Kartikeya Singh

Kartikeya Singh, a PhD candidate at The Fletcher School and CIERP Doctoral Research Fellow, received his Master of Environmental Science degree at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. His research interests include climate change and energy policy, innovation and the geopolitics of energy use. His current thesis focuses on firm-level characteristics that affect decentralized solar lighting technologies scaling in India while his Master’s thesis focused on effective management of access to energy for rural communities in India through various different decentralized renewable energy systems. Previously, Kartikeya was a consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund. He is the founder of the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), which has served as a forum for voices of the budding youth climate movement across South Asia. He has been involved with international climate negotiations since the UN climate talks in Bali in 2007 and has served as part of the negotiating team of the government of Maldives at the climate talks from 2009 to 2012. Kartikeya received his Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Sustainable Development from Furman University.

Kartikeya began and ORISE Fellowship at the Department Of Energy's International Affairs branch (Asian Affairs Office) in July 2015 to work on US-India energy projects. He was a 2014 Switzer Fellow, a 2012 Breakthrough Generation Fellow with the Breakthrough Institute, a 2012 Environmental Leadership Program Fellow, and a Research Intern, Brookings Institute working with Dr. Charles Ebinger at the Energy Security Initiative.

Recent Publications:


Energy and Climate Justice: Two Sides of the Same Story, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment.

How Will Humanity Handle a Warming Planet: moderating a Future Tense panel.

Kartikeya Singh. Not the Politics of the Usual: Youth Environmental Movements in 'Environment, Politics, and Activism: the role of media (ed. Somnath Batabyal). Routledge, 2014.

Roger Pielke, Jr., Daniel Sarewitz, Alex Trembath, Jason Lloyd, Lisa Margonelli, Michael Shellenberger, Ted Nordhaus, Mark Caine, Max Luke, Todd Moss, Joyashree Roy, Mikael Roman, Kartikeya Singh. OUR HIGH ENERGY PLANET: A CLIMATE PRAGMATISM PROJECT. Breakthrough Institute and Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University, 28 pp., Published April 2014.

Singh, Kartikeya, "Innovate or Deteriorate." Sustainability Outlook, Issue No. 5, October 2013: 45-46.

"From Pillars to Platform: Demystifying the Durban Outcome." The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, February, 2012.

India's Emissions in a Climate Constrained World.  Energy Policy 39 (2011) 3476–3482. 

“The Rise of Asia: Feeling the Weight of the East.” International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Vol. 3, Issue 2, 2007.

“In India’s Sea of Darkness: An Unsustainable Island of Decentralized Energy Production.” Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development. November 2007.