Dr Ajay Bhave

Dr Ajay Bhave


I was previously a Research Officer at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science. I am currently involved in the project UMFULA, part of the Future Climate For Africa programme, through which I am applying a decision making under uncertainty approach in the Lake Malawi Shire River Basin. I am also involved with the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

For my PhD on 'Prioritization and evaluation of climate change adaptation options in the water sectors' I received the Jawaharlal Nehru Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award (2015) from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. I have also received the Erasmus Mundus Masters' Scholarship from the European Commission (2007-2009).

I use multi-disciplinary methods, spanning the natural, engineering and social sciences, and have 8+ years of applying such approaches in India and Africa. 

Research interests

My research interests are linked to the following research questions.

  • 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