Ashwini Chhatre

Senior Research Fellow, Bharti Institute and Visiting Professor, ISB.

“Create Templates, Not Blueprints”: How to Do Policy with Impact

ISBInsight: How do you see digital technology playing out at the policy level in your work at the Bharti Institute of Public Policy? Ashwini Chhatre: Digital technology has made a big difference in the way policymakers are thinking of the design and implementation of policy. The introduction of biometric authentication using Aadhaar has been a gamechanger. Nobody would have imagined ten years …

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Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP)

The Bharti Institute of Public Policy at ISB is a boundary organisation between research and practice, aiming to create impactful policy in collaboration with the public and private sectors. Professor Ashwini Chhatre is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Academic Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy at the Indian School of Business.

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Impact of Climatic Conditions on GDP

Climatic factors affect many economically relevant outcomes – agricultural output, economic growth, health etc. A careful understanding of such effects is essential to the effective design of contemporary economic policies. Moreover, with global temperatures expected to rise substantially over the next century, understanding these relationships seem increasingly important. The evidence on uneven distribution of the impact of climate change across developing …

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Climate and Society: Beyond General Circulation Models

Governmental, social, and household level responses to climate change must be undertaken despite substantial uncertainty about the location, intensity, frequency, and disruptive potential of many climate impacts and ongoing social transformations. At the same time, responses to climate change must occur in the context of policy systems, and political relations that are often highly unequal and resistant to change. It …

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Crop Diversification to Reduce Exposure to Climatic Changes: Associated Risks and Mitigation Strategies

It is estimated that about 49% of the total workforce in India is engaged in agriculture, the single largest contributor to the distribution of economic activities in the country. Most households that are engaged in agriculture have limited alternative livelihood strategies. While 63.4% of agricultural households have cultivation as their primary source of income, as reported by the situation assessment …

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From Apple Juice to Garlic Pickle: Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas

Tropes of catastrophe have dominated conversations about climate change and its impact on communities. More often than not, terms like hazards, risks, and vulnerability tend to be deployed together to suggest a certain degree of helplessness in adapting to impending climate change. This article seeks to disrupt the projection of climate change forecasts into a future full of disasters and …

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Impact of Motivational Crowding in Sustainable Development Interventions

As the monsoon is gathering force to engulf India, various parts of the country are still reeling from the aftermath of the second deadliest heat wave in its history, with death tolls reaching approximate figures of 2500. The number of recorded heat related deaths, in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa alone, crossed 2000. Some parts of Andhra …

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Global Drivers of the Uneven Expansion of Renewable Energy

Power generated through renewable energy sources has expanded at a rapid rate over the last decade and continues to grow globally. What have been the reasons behind this spurt in activity? Professors Ashwini Chhatre and Brian Dill provide a historical overview and describe the dynamic set of global drivers that propel the expansion of renewable energy within the global discourse …

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