Dr Ramit Debnath

Dr Ramit Debnath

Cambridge Zero Fellow

Dr Ramit Debnath is a Cambridge Zero Fellow and Sustainability Fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. He is also a visiting faculty associate in Computational Social Science at Caltech. In addition, he is a research associate with the Energy Policy Research Group (Judge Business School), Centre for Natural Materials Innovation (Architecture), Centre for Climate Repair (Engineering), and the Bennett Institute of Public Policy (POLIS). He works at the intersection of data science and public policy to support climate action, primarily focusing on developing novel approaches to natural language processing, machine learning, AI and qualitative analysis to enable a people-centric and just net-zero transition. He is also interested in exploring how the public, industry and policymakers make decisions for energy and climate justice whilst developing data-driven, design-based solutions to counter misinformation and distributive injustices. He has previously worked with the International Energy Agency, Stanford University, and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Ramit has a background in electrical engineering and public policy, an MPhil and PhD from Cambridge as a Commonwealth and Gates Scholar. He is also a recipient of the 2022 Enrichment Award from the Alan Turing Institute, UK. You can find more about him on his website.


What is your favourite thing about being part of Cambridge Zero or the University of Cambridge? 

I have an interdisciplinary background that is synergistic with Cambridge Zero's goal. My favourite part is to be able to communicate climate action across disciplines and have the chance to learn something new at every interaction. 

What do you think is our biggest environmental challenge? 

People and policymakers not realising the seriousness of the climate change.

What gets you out of bed (and into work) in the morning? 

To brew a nice cup of coffee and finish that damn research paper!


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