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Ramit Debnath

Ramit Debnath

PhD candidate in the Behaviour and Building Performance Group, The Martin Centre of Architectural and Urban Studies

Gates-Cambridge Scholar in energy policy and sustainable development


M.Phil in Engineering for Sustainable Development (Cantab) as a Commonwealth Scholar  

I am an aspiring sustainability scientist with a background in engineering and sustainability sciences which shapes my perception of engineering as a tool for reducing inequality. 

My current research involves the identification of 'invisible' drivers of energy demand in poverty in the Global South. I want to derive a 'just' policy framework for energy sustainability in poverty based on the philosophical lens of energy justice and systems theory. My study area includes slum rehabilitation housing of Mumbai in India; Lagos in Nigeria; and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. 

My research is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship under the grant number [OPP1144], the Trinity-MCSC scholarship (honorary) from the Trinity College, Cambridge and a Santander Mobility Grant from the Santander Group, Spain. 

To know more about my research, please see my publication links below. 

Research Interests

  • Energy systems and governance
  • Engineering for sustainable development 
  • Energy Policy
  • Poverty alleviation

Key Publications

Research in the news!

Journals (Peer-reviewed)



Invited talks


Working papers

  • Ramit Debnath, Ronita Bardhan, Minna Sunikka-Blank (2019): A methodology to investigate discomfort and distress in the low-income built environment, MethodX, Elsevier (Under review)
  • Ronita Bardhan, Ramit Debnath, Minna Sunikka-Blank (2019): Data on household appliance ownership and change in household practices in a slum rehabilitation, Data-in-brief, Elsevier (under review)


Architecture and Building Physics, Oxbridge Academic Programs, New York [50 hours]. CamPrep Experience Architecture Final Project: Daylight simulation and visualization for improved well-being in classrooms: A casestudy of Peterhouse college classroom (Project link:     

Professional memberships

Cambridge Philosophical Society; Cambridge University Energy Network (CUEN); Cambridge University Engineering Society (CUES); Energy@Cambridge; Energy Policy Research Group; The Energy Institute (EI); Global Energy Nexus for Urban Settlement (GENUS); Commonwealth Scholars Alumni Association