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  ( http://www.futureclimateafrica.org/project/umfula/ ), 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 (https://www.cccep.ac.uk/profile/ajay-gajanan-bhave/ )

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.