Kartikeya Singh

Predoctoral Fellow on Innovations in Business Models to Expand Energy Access for the Base of the Pyramid

  • BS, Ecology & Sustainable Development, Furman University
  • MS, Environmental Science, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies,Yale University
  • PhD, International Affairs, The Fletcher School, Tufts University (anticipated 2015)


Kartikeya Singh recently received his Master of Environmental Science degree at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is currently a doctoral student working towards a Ph.D. in International Affairs at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. His research interests include climate change and energy policy, the geopolitics of energy use, and transportation. He has authored many articles focusing on energy, climate change, the citizen sector and the role of youth movements. His master’s thesis focused on effective management of access to energy for rural communities in India through decentralized renewable energy systems. Prior to coming to the School of Forestry, Kartikeya was a consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund. He is the co-founder of the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) and started the blog, "What's with the Climate?" as a space for voices of the budding youth climate movement from across South Asia. He has been involved with the international climate negotiations since the UN climate talks in Bali, Indonesia in 2007 and has served as part of the negotiating team of the Republic of Maldives (focusing on issues such as mitigation, technology transfer and legal form) at the climate talks since COP 15 in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009.

Areas of Expertise
  • Energy
  • Environmental Policy, International
  • India
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • South Asia
  • Sustainable Development


"Is India the New China?" (12/9/2011)

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
  • Finalist, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans (2010, 2011)
  • Heinrich Boll Foundation Student Fellowship as visiting scholar to Potsdam Institute of Climate Change Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany (2010)
  • Leadership on the Edge: Antarctic Expedition (April 2009)
  • Compton Mentor Fellow (2007).
  • Morris K. Udall Scholar (2006).

Fields of Study
  • International Environment & Resource Policy
  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Areas of Study
  • Climate, Energy & Innovation
  • Geopolitics of Natural Resources
  • Environmental Negotiations

• "India's Emissions in a Climate Constrained World." Energy Policy Journal 39 (2011) 3476–3482.
• "You Break, You Pay: China's Climate Solutions." Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, Issue 3, 2009.
"Solar Lighting Systems Successful in Rajasthan." Down to Earth, Science & Environment Fortnightly, April 2008.
"In India's Sea of Darkness: An Unsustainable Island of Decentralized Energy Production." Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development. November 2007.
• "The Rise of Asia: Feeling the Weight of the East." International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Vol. 3, Issue 2, 2007.
• "Winds of Change: A Comparison of India and China's Renewable Energy Policies." Down to Earth, Science & Environment Fortnightly, July 15, 2006.

• "Something New, Something Bold: Youth Environmental Movements" Chapter in conference book: Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change, In Press 2011. Publisher: Cluster of Excellence, Heidelberg University.

• Leapfrog Technologies Asia Conference, hosted by TTI Vanguard, Singapore. Presentation: "Climate Solutions Road Tour-India." (7/14/2009)
• Innovations in Civic Partnership Consultation on Youth Active Citizenship, New Delhi, India. Outcomes published in report: Youth Development through Civic Engagement: Mapping Assets in South Asia. Key Note Address on youth and environment. (3/3/2009)
• Global Climate Leaders Forum hosted by The Climate Group, at the United Nations Climate Negotiations, Poznan, Poland. Addressed Ministers of Environment from many nations on the need for a fair and ambitious climate treaty. (12/10/2008)
• G-20 Summit, Pittsburgh, USA, US Climate Action Network hosted Press Conference: Young Leaders from the United States and India Address Urgent Need for Action on Jobs and Climate Solutions. (9/26/ 2009)
• High Level Plenary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Poznan, Poland. Statement on behalf of youth: addressed delegates on the need to create a climate deal that ensures the survival of all peoples and all nations. (12/12/2008)

"From Pillars to Platform: Demystifying the Durban Outcome." Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, February 2012.
• "A Journey to the Edge." Sanctuary Asia Magazine, August 2009.
• "How old will you be in 2050?" TerraGreen Magazine, Vol. 1, Issue 17, October 2009.
• "Indian Youth Make Their Presence Felt at CoP 14." TerraGreen Magazine, Vol. 1, Issue 10, January 2009.
• "India, U.S., Locked in a Battle Over Right to Grow." Greenville News, Op-Ed., December 26, 2007.

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