Energy and Environmental policy
Political economy of sustainable development
Ph.D., Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware
M.P.M., International Development and Environmental Policy, University of Maryland-College Park
M.Sc., Wildlife Science, Wildlife Institute of India
B.Sc., Environmental Science, Bangalore University
Mathai, Manu V. (2013). Nuclear Power, Economic Development Discourse and the Environment: The Case of India. New York and London: Routledge.
Manu Verghese Mathai is a research fellow in the Science and Technology for Sustainable Societies programme at UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). Prior to joining UNU-IAS, he was a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Science, Technology, Society and Public Policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, US. His research and teaching interests gravitate around interlinkages between the themes of energy, environment and development, with a focus on science and technology policy and conceptions of human and economic development amenable to sustainability and equality. Deeply interested in change from the dominant unsustainable status quo, he is drawn to the literature on technology, environment and society studies for insights to appreciate power and possibilities for change in society.
Dr. Mathai has researched and critiqued India’s economic development discourse and proposal of civilian nuclear power as a “green” alternative. He has proposed alternative ideas for a sustainable synergy between energy technology, human development, policy tools and institutional arrangements. He has also been an early student of extending the human development and capability approach to address the environmental challenge. Dr. Mathai has also researched environmental and energy justice issues in Wilmington, Delaware (US); reviewed the global status of solar energy technologies, policies and markets; and researched the effects of human use of dry-deciduous forests in central India on tiger prey species.
Dr. Mathai’s awards include the Outstanding Scholar Award from the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, the Young Researcher Award in Human Development and Sustainable Development of the Human Development and Capability Association and Fondazione Lombardia per l’Ambiente and the Save the Tiger Fund Fellowship.