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Kavita Surana

Mailing address

Cruft Laboratory 314
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
19A Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138

Kavita Surana

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

Telephone: 617-384-9252



Dr. Kavita Surana's research focuses on understanding factors that influence successful innovation institutions in energy and beyond and on quantifying the role of government policies in promoting technology innovation in various countries.  

Kavita comes with diverse experience in bringing together technology, markets, policy, and associated deployment. Before her fellowship, she worked as a power and energy sector consultant with ICF International and  interned with a leading renewable energy development organization.

Kavita earned a Ph.D. from the University of Grenoble, France, in Materials Science while working at the French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA). She completed her M.S. in Materials Science with a joint European Commission degree on an Erasmus Mundus scholarship and holds a B.Sc. in Physics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India.



By Date


December 17, 2014

"Turn Off the Lights: Can Global Climate Agreements Inspire Individual Responsibility?"

Op-Ed, Hippo Reads

By Claudia Doblinger, Former Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program/Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, 2014–2015 and Kavita Surana, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

"Getting individuals to take responsibility for their energy consumption is not just an issue of building short-term awareness of a cause. Rather, these campaigns require changes to long-standing habits, perhaps through constant reminders that emphasize individual action. Climate action therefore raises questions of both the desired intensity and frequency of messages in promoting behavioral change."




"Technology Innovation and Energy"

Journal Article, Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences

By Kavita Surana, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Ananth Chikkatur, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and Ambuj D. Sagar, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

Energy technology innovation is the key to driving the technological changes that are necessary to meet the challenge of mitigating energy-related greenhouse gas emissions to avoid 'dangerous climate change.' Success in innovation requires the enhancement of public investment in the innovation process, the creation of markets for low-carbon technologies through stronger climate policies, and a continued focus on energy access and equity.

Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.