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.

Ananya’s work is part of the Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions (HEET) project being led by a team of researchers from RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research, in collaboration with government and industry partners from across eight global urban sites, including Australia. The HEET Project aims to identify the socio-material and institutional mechanisms that can enhance housing energy efficiency, as a means of reducing urban carbon emissions and improving households’ resilience to climate change. 

Before joining the Centre for Urban Research, Ananya worked for eight years in the research and environmental/ development sectors across India, Canada and the United States. Her work straddled the intersection between community rights and sustainability, including renewable energies, water sustainability, rural and urban climate adaptations, marine and coastal issues and traditional fisher rights.

Raised across multiple countries, Ananya has a B.A. in International Relations and Anthropology from the University of Calgary, Canada and an M.A. in Geography and International Development Studies from the University of Guelph, Canada. She also has a Master’s in Environmental Law from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Ananya’s research at RMIT is supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions project (HEET), and the Australian Housing and Research Institute (AHURI). 

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