Shobhakar Dhakal

Shobhakar Dhakal

Associate Professor



Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal heads Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change and an Associate Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. His areas of expertize are in energy and climate policies, urbanization/cities and climate change, and energy system analysis. His work largely draws-on concepts from engineering, economics and environment and multidisciplinary in nature. Dr. Dhakal was one of the Coordinating Lead Authors for the Fifth Assessment Report of Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Working Group on Mitigation (for the Chapter ‘Human Settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning’). He also leads and is a co-editor of ongoing international Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities. He serves as a member of the scientific steering committee of the Global Carbon Project, which is premier scientific program under the Future Earth.

Dr. Dhakal was a guest research scholar of International Institute for Applied System Analysis in Austria for 2010-2013. He was also a visiting researcher of the National Institute for Environmental Studies Japan for August 2012- March 2017. He has served as a lead author for the Global Energy Assessment, principal scientific reviewer for UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook-5, member of the Consensus Panel on Low Carbon Cities of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa, member of the Cities Energy Modeling Group of the International Energy Agency, an international expert to the Taskforce on Urban Development and Energy Efficiency of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, among others. Dr. Dhakal was one of the two founder editors and was editor-in-chiefs of Carbon Management journal published by Future Sciences and then by Taylor and Francis (2010-2016) and currently an Associate Editor of Sustainable Cities and Societies Journal published by Elsevier. He has over 60 publications including scientific journals, few edited books, journal special issues, and others. He holds Ph.D. from The University of Tokyo.

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