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Ashish Chaturvedi - Honorary Associate

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Ashish Chaturvedi is currently based in India working for the German think-tank, adelphi and can be contacted at

Ashish has over 14 years of professional experience and specialises in climate change mitigation, waste management, sustainable consumption and production, and environmental policy. His current focus is on issues related to the circular economy and the drivers for Green Transformations.

Before joining IDS, Ashish led the Policy for Environment and Climate component of the bilateral Indo-German Environment Programme. As a Senior Advisor with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, he advised the Indian Ministries and Departments at various levels of Government and implemented projects in the area of waste/resource management, climate change and economic instruments.

He was a part of a multi-stakeholder group responsible for drafting the E-Waste Law in India and has been a member of multiple committees at the state and national government level. Ashish has published extensively in books, journals and general interest magazines. He has also presented at various national and international conferences. A PhD in Economics from the University of California at Irvine, Ashish's PhD thesis explored the role of influence activities on the electoral process, policymaking in environments characterised by asymmetric information and quality of public good provision by non-government organisations.

The project explores how transformational thinking on resource management could lead to multiple scenarios in the context of emerging economies with a specific focus on India.

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The overall objective of the project is that the Government of India starts using Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) as one of the mechanisms for addressing climate change mitigation.

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This work investigates how China's rise as a global recycling hub affects other countries' prospects for moving towards a circular economy.

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The Many Circuits of a Circular Economy

STEPS Working Papers 94 (2017)

Rapid urbanisation in India has led to the development of large urban agglomerations. These urban agglomerations, with dense concentration of population and economic activity, cause significant environmental stresses. More details


China’s Emergence as a Global Recycling Hub – What Does it Mean for Circular Economy Approaches Elsewhere?

IDS Evidence Report 146 (2015)

This Evidence Report investigates how China’s rise as a global recycling hub affects other countries’ prospects for moving towards a circular economy. This question has received little, if any, attention in the burgeoning literature on sustainability. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Private Sector and Waste Management in Delhi: A Political Economy Perspective

IDS Bulletin 46.3 (2015)

Using the case of Delhi, an analysis of the complex relationship within the private sector players, and between private and public actors, provides novel insights into the potential contribution of public-private partnerships for effective waste management in developing countries. More details

Non-IDS publication

Consumerist Congregation and E-waste in Indian Cities

This chapter is one of 23 papers assembled for the book 'Cities: The 21st Century India' on urban governance and its related issues. It appears under the theme 'Urban infrastructure and basic services'. More details


Scenarios of Waste and Resource Management: for Cities in India and Elsewhere

IDS Evidence Report 114 (2015)

Rising prosperity around the globe – welcome and overdue in many respects – has certain undesirable consequences. It leads to an increase in the demand for raw materials, putting pressure on our limited natural resources. More details

What can China teach India about dealing with waste?

17 Oct 2015
By Bharati Chaturvedi, Ashish Chaturvedi

Green NGOs in China and India: surprising developments

03 Jun 2015
By Ashish Chaturvedi, Hubert Schmitz

Waste(d) laws in India

18 May 2015
By Ashish Chaturvedi

Thematic Expertise:
Climate Change.

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