Future of cooling, Low carbon technologies, Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development

Future of cooling
This interdisciplinary programme at the Oxford Martin School examines the future growth in global cooling demand, with the aim to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. The Programme assesses the socio-technical determinants of cooling in fast-growing cities to explore the growing demand for space cooling and consider the opportunities for shaping sustainable consumption. It also assesses the health impacts of heat, including morbidity and healthcare costs; and on the sustainability of the global production network of cooling, including on the uptake of coolant gases. Finally, it also addresses the supply of cooling for cold chains for food. The research Programme is global in scope, and includes an in-depth study of the nature and characteristics of cooling in India.

Low carbon technologies
Tackling climate change involves innovating and scaling up low carbon technologies. However, developing countries faced with high-upfront costs of climate-mitigation technologies often need to import these technologies themselves. This research focuses on how can developing countries scale-up low carbon technologies while advancing their own technological capabilities and the policy implications for growth of these technologies in India and other developing countries.

Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development
The OICSD advances research on the complex challenges and opportunities posed by sustainable development in the Indian subcontinent. The Centre’s work rests on three pillars. First, it aims to bring together different academic disciplines and approaches to address a core set of sustainable development challenges in India. Second, the Centre develops future leaders by providing fully-funded scholarships to talented Indian graduate students researching on the scientific, social, political, economic and legal dimensions of sustainability in the country. Third, it seeks to translate academic research into policy-relevant actions and impacts an engages with a broad audience in the UK and in India.

Name of researcher:
Dr Radhika Khosla


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