Yale Himalaya Initiative

environment | livelihood | culture

Deepti Chatti, Ph.D.

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Deepti Chatti is a doctoral student at Yale University in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is interested in the interactions between environmental protection and poverty alleviation in developing countries. Her current research is focused on rural household energy transitions in India, particularly studying households moving from traditional biomass burning cookstoves to ‘improved’ technologies and fuels in Himachal Pradesh. She conducts interdisciplinary research, using her background in the natural sciences, and her current training in the social sciences, to better understand the drivers and context of energy decisions in rural India. She studied environmental engineering at Stanford University, and civil engineering at Osmania University. She worked for several years before starting her PhD at Yale; as an environmental engineer in the San Francisco Bay area, and most recently as a researcher and adjunct faculty at The Energy and Resources Institute, one of the leading environmental think tanks in India.