Bhavin Pradhan
PhD Student
55-04 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Faculty Advisor
Areas of Expertise
Energy Transitions, Energy Justice, Climate Mitigation, Energy Systems Planning and Modelling, Green Growth, Energy Economic


    Bhavin Pradhan is a 3rd year Ph.D. in Public Affairs student with a focus on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP). Bhavin’s research investigates public policies that apply poverty abatement frameworks and justice within the context of energy justice, energy transition, and climate mitigation. His research lies at the intersection of economics, justice, and poverty implications of the energy transition. At the Chan Lab, Bhavin has been working to develop data-intensive novel indicators to study energy justice in the US, study impacts of low-income community solar programs across the US, and understand ways to reduce energy poverty in Minnesota. 

    Bhavin has previously worked with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Nepal to implement projects related to electric mobility, renewable energy, and energy access programs. At GGGI Nepal, he led a project with the Government of Nepal, to draft an ‘Electric Mobility Plan for Province 3,’ that undertook robust analysis of future pathways to lay out concrete steps, projects, policies, regulation, systems, and investments for Province 3 to electrify its transportation fleet. 

    Bhavin holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, and a Master’s in Energy Policy, Planning, and Economics from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand. He is a recipient of the “National Academic Excellence Medal” awarded by the President of Nepal and holds numerous academic excellence awards from AIT.


    Master of Engineering in Energy Policy, Planning and Economics (Asian Institute of Technology, 2018)

    Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (Tribhuvan University, 2014)