Dr Ananya Majumdar

Ananya’s research focuses on the justice and equity dimensions of cities’ transitions to low carbon energies. She is interested in advancing policy and regulatory models that enable access to affordable renewable energy as a universal right, in Australia and the UK.

Dr Ananya Majumdar has a background in environmental law, geography, international development and anthropology.

She is currently a researcher with the Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions (HEET) project, funded by the Australian Research Council. Ananya’s work adds to HEET’s data and policy recommendations on the equity issues within housing retrofit interventions in Australia. Ananya has also served as a researcher on the Enhancing housing recovery policy and practice for improving community resilience to future disasters study led by University of New South Wales. Her work on this project informed a better understanding of the global best practices in post-natural disaster housing recovery.

Before joining RMIT, Ananya worked hands-on in the environmental and international development sectors in Australia, India, Canada, and the United States. She collaborated with diverse stakeholders on issues pertaining to coastal and renewable energy, water and biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation, and environmental justice for traditional communities.

Ananya’s PhD from RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research, focused on some of the energy justice and equity issues faced by marginalised groups in Australia’s housing decarbonisation transition. Ananya also has an LL.M. in Environmental Law from the University of Melbourne, and an M.A. in Geography and International Development from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada).

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Projects

Investigating energy efficiency retrofit for post-carbon and equitable housing

This project aims to provide an analysis of housing retrofit and its links with household energy costs.