Ashwini Chhatre

Ashwini-Chhatre
Senior Research Fellow, Bharti Institute and Visiting Professor, ISB.

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

Why policy blueprints are a bad idea for a country like India and how to increase grassroots involvement in governance: Professor Ashwini Chhatre, Academic Director of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, explains. 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 …

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Impact of Climatic Conditions on GDP

A one degree Celsius increase in daily mean temperatures would on an average decrease agricultural output by 11% in India. The overall GDP, as a result, would reduce by 28%, making the 8% per annum GDP growth rate a pipedream. The consequences of climate change could be devastating, if policy makers continue to ignore it. Agricultural output would fall resulting …

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Climate and Society: Beyond General Circulation Models

Responses to climate change need to be understood at different temporal and spatial scales of its contingent formation, rather than being derived mechanistically through analyses of presumed climate impacts. 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 …

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

Lack of well-developed supply chain systems for alternative crops expose farmers to considerable risk, making it difficult for them to move away from the paddy/wheat crop rotation cycle. Public policy interventions and supply chain innovations such as targeted insurance products, pooling practices, investments in skill development, entrepreneurial models for service provision, market-side initiatives and a better understanding of supply chain …

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

Democratic governance at multiple scales and articulation between institutions across scales are critical components of successful adaptation by communities to climate change. It is through self-organised adaptation by means of ongoing, multi-directional, and organic processes of engagement that broader strategies emerge to address climate change. Tropes of catastrophe have dominated conversations about climate change and its impact on communities. More often …

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Impact of Motivational Crowding in Sustainable Development Interventions

Material compensation in exchange for strictly monitored performance, particularly for complex and unstructured tasks, can undermine “intrinsic motivations” in sustainable development programmes, shows a study of the Mid-Himalayan Watershed Project by Professor Ashwini Chhatre, a visiting faculty at the Indian School of Business (ISB) and Arnab Dutta, Research Associate at ISB.  As the monsoon is gathering force to engulf India, various …

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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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