Ishani Palandurkar

Ph.D. Candidate in Energy, Environment, and Food Economics, The Pennsylvania State University

Master’s in Environmental Economics and Policy (2023), Duke University

I am an environmental professional and researcher from India. I have over five years of work experience at grassroots as well as policy level on mitigating air pollution, ensuring energy access for the marginalized, strengthening climate resilient agriculture practices, and advocating for waste management rules in India. I joined Duke for Master of Environmental Management, specializing in Environmental Economics and Policy, and worked on developing disaster resilience for urban and rural communities in the US and South Asia respectively. My Master’s Project focused on studying the effects of socioeconomic factors of households on their ability to access relief aid during natural disasters and social disturbances. At Planet Lab, I work on extreme weather events and their impact on human health. We are working on identifying the best methodology to estimate such events to support health policymakers and emergency responders for their preparedness.

As a PhD student of Energy, Environment, and Food Economics at The Pennsylvania State University, my research topics include using development economics in enabling disaster resilience through water and energy policies on agricultural livelihoods.

I have represented India’s climate action for polar conservation at the 2041 ClimateForce Antarctic Expedition (March 2022) and joined the SDG 13 cohort at the UNLEASH Innovation Lab, China (2019).