Dr Ajay Bhave

Dr Ajay Bhave


Ajay Bhave is a Lecturer in Environment and Development, in the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. His research focuses on exploring uncertain futures, particularly related to climate change and socio-economic change. He explores emerging risks and approaches for taking adaptation decisions under uncertainty, particularly for water resources. He leverages the strengths of discipline-based methods from the natural, social and engineering sciences to apply scenario analysis, decision making under uncertainty approaches and climate narratives. As an intellectual leader in these emerging fields, Ajay has expanded the scope of such approaches, customised applications across the Global South, and developed a strong global network of researchers and stakeholders.

His current work involves;

  • Developing scenarios for climatic and non-climatic factors using observations, climate model projections, expert elicitation, and iterative stakeholder engagement.

  • Leading climate change risks, impacts, and adaptation research, in collaboration with in-country teams in India, Ethiopia, Colombia, Malaysia, and Malawi, with the aim of supporting climate-resilient development.

Research interests

Some of the key research questions he is interested in include;

  • What are the plausible future changes in drivers of water availability and demand, particularly in developing country contexts?
  • What are the risks to water infrastructure (hydropower, irrigation, urban water supply etc.) associated with uncertain future changes in these drivers?
  • What information do decision makers require to address risks to water infrastructure?
  • How can multi-disciplinary research methods involving water resources modelling and decision making under uncertainty help in such assessments?
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  • Doctor of Philosophy - Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  • Masters in Environmental Science, Policy & Management - Erasmus Mundus Programme of 4 Universities
  • Masters in Environmental Sciences - University of Pune, India
  • Bachelors in Environmental Sciences - Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.

Research groups and institutes

  • Climate Change Adaptation, Vulnerability and Services
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