Aseem Mahajan

PhD Candidate
Harvard University

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My dissertation research examines the politics of climate adaptation under Massachusetts’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program. Drawing from literature in environmental and bureaucratic politics, it frames adaptation policy as the product of strategic interactions between local elected and unelected officials working under constraints imposed by higher levels of government.

I also study the governance of solar geoengineering — which, like adaptation, temporary reduces damages from climate change without mitigating the source of the problem; perceptions of international climate equity; and rural electrification in India.