Ranjit is a Research Associate at emLab and an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies program and the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is also a faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and leads the Clean Energy Transformation Lab at UCSB.
Ranjit’s research lies at the intersection of energy, environment, and economics, specifically in low-carbon energy systems, clean energy access, and electricity markets. His interests include strategies, policies, and market mechanisms for environmentally sustainable and socially equitable low carbon transitions in the electricity and transportation sectors. He also studies technologies and incentives for increasing access to clean energy services in developing regions and low-income communities. Ranjit’s work has focused on several regions of the world including the U.S., India, China, Indonesia, and several countries in Africa. In pursuing his academic and applied research, he works closely with both government and non-government stakeholders including regulators, electric utilities, government ministries, non-profit organizations, and local communities.
Before joining UCSB, Ranjit was an ITRI-Rosenfeld postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He holds a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley, master’s degrees in Engineering from Humboldt State University and University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree from the Government College of Engineering Pune, India. Ranjit loves trail running, backpacking, climbing, and running behind his toddler.