Dr. Vinod Kumar Sharma is a Professor at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) - An Advanced Research Institute and a Deemed to be University of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The institute focuses on development policy issues of national and international importance through its basic and advance research, advocacy and teaching programs with an inter-disciplinary perspective. Prof. Sharma is a Civil and Environmental Engineer with a Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai. He worked as a Post-doc Fellow in USA and Japan and is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers India and a Chartered Engineer. His professional career spans over 39 years as an Engineer, Academician, Leader and Expert Member of research teams, within India and abroad. Prof. Sharma’s involvement in Academic Administration includes his positions of Member, Board of Management; Dean of the Institute; Dean of Students’ Affairs; Head of the Department; NCC Officer; NSS Officer; Hostel Warden; and, several other Administrative Committees at the University Level and elsewhere.

Prof. Sharma has a wide range of international experience that includes his work at the World Bank, Washington DC, USA and at the NIES, the Japan Environment Agency (Ministry), Tsukuba, Japan. He has completed several research projects and consultancy assignments for various international organizations such as the UNEP, UNDP, UNCTAD, UN-ESCAP, CREED, IIED, the World Bank, DFID, UK, ICEF, SICI, JBIC, ADB, APO, AIST, JETRO, ERIA, IDE, NTU, and the JEA. His work for Indian organizations includes projects for the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and several other Ministries, Government Departments, Planning Commission, Corporate Sector and NGOs. He has been invited as Chief Guest, VIP Delegate, Keynote Speaker, Session Chair, and Panel Member in several academic events in India and abroad - across six continents.

Prof. Sharma has over 175 publications to his credit, which include research articles in peer reviewed International and Indian journals, articles in newspapers and magazines, books, and policy reports. He is on the editorial boards and a peer reviewer of international journals published from Germany, The Netherlands, USA, Japan and India. His research and publications have contributed to policy making at the city, state, national and international levels. He has been the editor, coordinator and author of some important Policy Reports, including Reports for the AIST and JETRO, Japan and the ERIA, Indonesia; LCA Training Manual, UNEP, France; Maharashtra State Development Report for the Planning Commission; and State of Environment Report- Maharashtra for the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, India.

Prof. Sharma’s broad area of research focuses on Sustainable Energy, Environment and Development (SEED) issues.” Some of his initiatives on these issues are, publication of a peer reviewed inter-disciplinary journal, the IJSI (International Journal for Sustainable Innovations); publication of SAVITARKA , a mass awareness E-magazine on sustainable development issues; International Symposium on a Sustainable Future (ISSF) and International Seminar on Energy, Environment and Development (ISEED). Prof. Sharma is the Editor of the IJSI, Editor-in-Chief of SAVITARKA and Chairman of the ISSF & ISEED events. He is the founding President of the Indian Society for Life Cycle Assessment (ISLCA); Member of UNEP’s International Life Cycle Board (ILCB), and, Founding and Council Member of International Society for Energy Transition Studies (ISETS), Australia.

Prof. Sharma's research follows an inter-disciplinary approach involving technological, socio-economic, and policy aspects. Some of his major areas of research include Sustainable and Renewable Energy; Resources Conservation; Environmental Protection from Pollution of Air, Water, Solid Waste, and Noise; Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change; Natural and Environmental Resource Accounting; Trade and Environment Linkages; Sustainability of Coastal Areas; Life Cycle Assessment; and Civil/ Environmental Engineering Infrastructures.

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