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Understanding energy transitions in developing nations

05 August 2019

After completing her Masters of Climate Change, Crawford School graduate Aditi Shah is keen to help the Indian energy transition by building connections with other accomplished European counterparts.

Having worked for the government in India, and earned a degree in environmental science, Aditi wanted to gain new perspectives by coming to Crawford.

She wanted a degree that was tailored to her interest in climate change policy, and Crawford turned out to be the ideal place for her.

“I already hold a Masters in environmental science, and I have five years of experience working with the government in India under my belt. I wanted to further my knowledge and get a fresh perspective,” she said.

“Since I had been working as a policy analyst, I wanted to actually have a proper degree that would give me the skills to analyse and develop policies.”

“I was very sure that I wanted to come to Australia, and when I started looking for policy schools, I came across Crawford, and I saw that this would be the best place to go.

“Crawford has a very focused climate change Masters degree. Plus, I had the opportunity to choose the courses that I’d really like to do, thus giving me a very tailored degree.”

During her program, Aditi wanted to specifically focus on the policy mechanisms surrounding climate change. 

“I’m more interested in the policy side of climate change than the technical side. For this, I knew Crawford would be most suitable for me.”


“I studied a range of courses, but I enjoyed the International Climate Change Policy and Economics class the most, because it really went into detail on how climate change discussions work, how policy frameworks are developed, and what role international conferences and summits play.”

As part of her studies, Aditi researched energy transitions in her home country, India, and is now looking to make her own contributions to easing renewable energy transitions in developing countries by making connections with Europe. 

“In my research project I looked at the energy transition in India, how important it is and why it’s not happening very quickly. This is my area of interest – I enjoy looking at the energy part of climate change, and how cities can transform their energy usage.

“I’m now looking for opportunities to work with developing nations – in particular India. I would like to work for a think tank, where I can design policy schemes to help the government make a very smooth transition towards renewable energy.

“I’ve seen a lot of European think tanks helping the Indian government – so it would be nice if I could build an association with them or for me to be a connection for them to India.”

What Aditi enjoyed the most about studying at Crawford was how supportive teachers were, and how she was able to gain different cultures’ perspectives on policy problems.

“The professors were always there to help – even changing their schedules to book me in and give me advice. 

“I also met so many people from different places, which shows you how limited you are in your thought processes – it opens up your mind. There’s a cultural side to everything.”

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