02 November 2017

2015 YSSPer Devyani Singh

Devyani Singh is currently a PhD candidate at the University of British Colombia in Canada. She recently was the lead author on a publication co-authored with her YSSP supervisor Shonali Pachauri and PhD supervisor Hisham Zerriffi. Below she describes the importance of this work and the impact of the YSSP.

© Devyani Singh

© Devyani Singh

"In recent years, there has been a strong revival in global policy circles to promote a transition to cleaner cooking given the increasing evidence of the huge environmental, social and health externalities of solid fuel use. India has a long history of providing subsidies for cleaner-burning fuels, specially kerosene and liquid petroleum gas (LPG). This work is important because it provides the first historical estimate at the national level of emissions impacts of the household cooking energy transition that accounts for actual conditions and fuel stacking. The work also considers key uncertainties involved in household emissions accounting that are important in such an analysis and for policy making. 

In the summer of 2015, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Dr. Shonali Pachauri as my YSSP supervisor at IIASA in the Energy program. I was able to work alongside top researchers in my field and obtain excellent scientific and research guidance. I started the YSSP program without having a clear research idea, however, IIASA helped motivate me to work on global policy-relevant applied research. The YSSP program helped create a vast network of like minded researchers around the world, and expanded my understating of the various climate change issues varying across disciplines, globally." 

About Devyani Singh

During the 2015 YSSP, Devyani worked on the 'displacement of wood due to increased LPG use in India' under the supervision of Dr. Shonali Pachauri. She is currently obtaining a PhD in Environmental Finance at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on estimating the impacts of local scale biomass estimation on carbon financing for improved cook-stoves. Devyani received a MSc in Environmental Science at The Ohio State University and MBA from the University of Iowa. 

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Last edited: 06 November 2017

Devyani's recent publication

"Environmental payoffs of LPG cooking in India"

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