Sustainability Science Program

Joy Vazhayil Pathrose

Joy Vazhayil Pathrose

Joy Vazhayil PathroseDr. Joy Vazhayil Pathrose
Sustainability Science Program
Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 81
Harvard University
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: 506 Rubenstein Building
Tel: (1) 617-496-0426
Group affiliation: Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Joy Vazhayil Pathrose is a Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program. He belongs to the Indian Administrative Service and has wide-ranging experience in the areas of energy management, finance and taxation, project management, education, agriculture, and developmental administration at the levels of the State and Central Government in India. His research focuses on the key policy elements of a transition matrix for India’s sustainable development trajectory, involving public private partnerships. Institutional and policy innovation are examined to identify the framework for achieving sustainability objectives. Joy is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Public-Private Partnerships to Promote Sustainable Development in India led by Professor Rohini Pande. He received his PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2012. His doctoral research is on the methodology of hierarchical multi-objective optimization of India’s energy strategy portfolios incorporating climate change mitigation targets. He holds Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Kerala and Master of Business Administration in Public Service (International) from Birmingham University. He obtained MPhil in Public Administration from Panjab University with a dissertation on the framework for equitable apportionment of emission reduction commitments to mitigate global warming. He is a recipient of the Highly Commended Award at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence for his paper in the International Journal of Energy Sector Management (2012). He has authored seven books, including 3 works of poetry in Malayalam. His faculty host is Rohini Pande.

Key policy elements of India’s transition matrix for sustainable development involving public private partnerships
The project’s goal is to formulate a comprehensive public private partnership framework for sustainable development in India by greening the proposed Goods and Services Tax, introducing tradable eco-credits, and synergizing technology and educational innovations.

This research identifies the key policy elements which constitute the matrix for India’s sustainability transition. Public private partnerships, local self-governments, and the civil society are the architectural building blocks in the institutional framework for qualitative improvement of environmental management and implementation of the transition impetus. Economic incentive instruments (eco-taxes, eco-subsidies, tradable permits), technology initiatives, educational initiatives and redesigned command-and-control instruments are policy tools which need to be integrated in innovative ways in legislative policies, social actions and governance framework to dynamically guide change and generate synergy for transformation. The design of optimal policies for the transition is being examined to formulate a sustainability roadmap. The research proposal looks at integration of eco-taxes and some of the eco-subsidies in the Goods and Services Tax framework, market based instruments for environmental credits merging with the existing Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) programme, methodologies for implementing technology initiatives and educational initiatives and redefining the role of existing command-and-control instruments to facilitate effective measurement and monitoring for meaningful compliance.

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