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Saurabh Biswas

Saurabh Biswas

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


Investigating "socio-energy ecosystems" and dynamics of sustainable transformations for marginalized communities, using decentralized energy technology and cooperative structures. Employing a wide range of participatory research methods and intervention experiments, my work explores pathways to enhanced development outcomes for households at the rural community of Rio Claro in Brazil. Systems maps and Agent Based models of change processes supplement the empirical work, developing insights into mechanisms and conditions for sustainable solutions.

Teaching Assistant Experience

  • SOS 314 - Basic Energy Science (instructor)
  • GTD 598 - Grassroots Energy Innovation (instructor(
  • SOS 324 - Sustainable Energy & Materials
  • SOS 220 - Systems Thinking
  • SOS 111 - Sustainable Cities

Research Assistant Experience

  • QESST Lab

Spoken Languages:
Hindi (native/bilingual); Bangla (native/bilingual); Portuguese (elementrary)


  • PhD, Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2020
  • MTech, Energy Systems Engineering, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, 2013
  • BE, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Pandit Ravishankar University, 2006


External Links

Journal Articles


Bethem, J., G. Frigo, S. Biswas, C. T. DesRoches and M. J. Pasqualetti. 2020. Energy decisions within an applied ethics framework: An analysis of five recent controversies. Energy, Sustainability and Society 10:Art. 29. DOI: 10.1186/s13705-020-00261-6. (link )

USAID Global Development Research Fellowship, 2017

Moesner & Patzer Sustainable Energy Research Grant, 2017

USAID Global Development Research Fellowship, 2016