Meet Siddharth Dasgupta from the Climate and Society Class of 2023
This fall, the Columbia School of Climate is welcoming a new class of students Master’s program in climate and society. This 12-month interdisciplinary program teaches students to understand and address the impacts of climate change and climate variability on society and the environment.
The incoming class of 2023 includes 80 students with diverse backgrounds and career paths, impressive skill sets, and big plans to help people and the environment.
State of the Planet will be included interviews with some of these wonderful students in the coming weeks. In the Q&A below, you can meet Siddharth Dasgupta, who was drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of the program. He aims to link complex theory and research with practical solutions.
Can you tell us a little about your background and how you became interested in studying climate?
An engineer and MBA, I have worked with the World Bank, the United Nations, the UK Government and most recently the Global Strategy Leader for the World Bank Group at EY. Over the past 14 years, I have helped governments in 80 countries shape their policies.
My understanding of climate and sustainability solutions has grown significantly over the past 14 years through my work as a global consultant on a range of climate and environmental initiatives – such as climate finance, growth strategies/technologies Low carbon, climate change, e-mobility, evolved. Air quality, sustainable urban cities, product design and evaluation, and policy/legal issues.
As a junior recruit at the UK Department for International Development, I gained an understanding of ESG assessments under the guidance of Lord Nicholas Stern. Since then I have been involved in more than 25 ESG assessments in 19 low- and middle-income countries, gaining skills to present complex results to influence policy decisions.
In the years since my work with Lord Stein, I have kept in mind his view that “science and policy thrive on challenge and questioning. They are vital to the health of research and democracy.”
In my professional life, I have focused on solving some of the biggest existential climate challenges facing the world today. I thrive in a research environment where I am focused on addressing pressing problems and providing evidence-based research solutions for effective policy making.
What specifically drew you to the Climate and Community program?
Columbia’s Climate School is a unique and ideal place for me to pursue my career goals because my understanding of energy and environmental policy is heavily influenced by the Earth Institute and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Columbia has a world-renowned faculty, excellent resources, a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to the natural sciences, politics and technology, as well as academic independence, which make it the best choice for me.
What are you most excited to learn about while you’re here?
Columbia’s 12-month interdisciplinary Master’s in Climate and Society is an almost perfect blend of relevant curriculum led by experienced practitioners such as Dr. Ting and Dr. Orlov. I strongly believe that this program will give me the insight and exposure I need for the research I plan to pursue after the program on providing reliable global energy while minimizing negative impacts on the environment and human well-being. I offer.
How does the program align with your career goals?
In my current work, I translate research into practical strategies. I find myself at the intersection of politics and technology, where assumption meets application. I have implemented several projects, including identification of policy measures, investment evaluation for carbon neutrality, socio-economic evaluation and gender studies, technical-commercial evaluation of projects, and understanding of institutional and regulatory frameworks and a strong track record in delivering Projects. Projects related to climate change and climate resilience in both the public and private sectors.
The opportunity to explore and develop concepts through the process of learning and research really motivates me to pursue a master’s degree in climate and society. While I have a strong interest in each individual subject, it is the connection between these disciplines that fascinates me the most. I strongly believe that people who can connect complex theory and research with practical solutions are the ones who make a big difference, and I look to emulate these people. MA helps me achieve my career goals, both short and long term.