Researcher

Dr Komali Yenneti

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Biography

Komali Yenneti is ‘New Generation Network (NGN) Scholar – Smart Cities’ in the Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and at the Australia India Institute (AII) based at the University of Melbourne. She is a trained Architect and Environmental Planner, and has a PhD in Geography and Environmental Sciences from the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on contemporary environmental policy and projects,...view more

Komali Yenneti is ‘New Generation Network (NGN) Scholar – Smart Cities’ in the Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and at the Australia India Institute (AII) based at the University of Melbourne. She is a trained Architect and Environmental Planner, and has a PhD in Geography and Environmental Sciences from the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on contemporary environmental policy and projects, such as sustainable smart cities, low-carbon urban development and energy transitions across cities, regions and communities in the Asia-Pacific with particular emphasis on empirical studies grounded in political economy, development and inequality, and spatial planning.

Komali has five years of research and a decade of advocacy experience in the relevant areas, including working with reputed organisations such as the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Nanjing, University of Utah, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and CEPT University in India, German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan, The Commonwealth International Secretariat, and Energy Geographies Research Group (EGRG) of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), London. She has published articles on energy and urban sustainability in journals like Geoforum, Journal of Rural Studies, Energy Policy, Geographical Review and Habitat International, and is editing a book (with Dr. Oleg Golubchikov from Cardiff University) on ‘Smart cities, energy and sustainability: governing cities to a low-carbon future’ to be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2018. Komali was a recipient of research grants from international organisations, including the Midlands Energy Graduate School, Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Germany, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Natural Science Foundation of China and Chinese Academy of Sciences, and is the founding chair of International Geographical Union’s (IGU’s) Young and Early-Career Geographers Task Force. 


My Grants

2016-19: New Generation Network (NGN) Scholar Fellowship at the Australia-India Institute, appointment at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2016: National Natural Science Foundation of China grant for ‘Cities, carbon emissions, and energy use: implications for sustainable energy transformations in China and India’ research project. CNY 200,000 (PI)

2016-17: Chinese Academy of Sciences – President’s International Fellowship Initiative (CAS-PIFI) for the ‘Cities, carbon emissions, and energy use: implications for sustainable energy transformations in China and India’ research project. CNY 400,000

2014-16: Two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Human Geography at the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGLAS)

2013: Federal Ministry of Education & Research (BMBF) three-month research fellowship at German Development Institute, ‘Energy transformation in India: the policy governance, challenges and opportunities for solar PV’. €5,000

2013: Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS) grant for a series of sessions on ‘Energy security challenges and transitions’ organised at the RGS-IBG mid-term conference, University of Birmingham. £2,650

2012: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) research fellowship for two-months at the Kitakyushu Urban Centre, IGES, Japan, ‘CDM viability for decentralized solid waste composting projects in developing countries of Asia’. JPY 180,000

2011: Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) fellowship from Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for diploma on ‘Urban Management Tools for Climate Change (UMTCC)’, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands  €5,000


My Qualifications

2010-14: PhD (Geography + Environmental sciences) in School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK (Degree awarded December 2014)

2007-09: Master of Planning (Environmental Planning), Faculty of Planning & Public Policy, Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad, India

2001-06: Bachelor in Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, India


My Awards

2013: A.T. Kearney scholarship for ‘Falling walls conference’, Berlin, Germany and selected for ‘100 Young Innovators of the Year 2013’at the ‘Falling walls Lab’ Berlin, Germany

2013: University of Birmingham ‘Universitas21’ travel grant for U21 graduate research conference on ‘energy: systems, policy and solutions’, Dublin, Ireland

2012: One of the 25 outstanding young scientists, ‘Green Talents 2012’ competition by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany

2012: Best postgraduate poster award for poster on ‘Social systems perspective: solar energy implementation in India’, Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS) IIIrd Annual conference on ‘Systems thinking in energy’, University of Birmingham

2011: Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS) travel grant for two-month research at the Kitakyushu, Urban Centre, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan

2011: ‘Young Environmentalist Award’ for Best paper presentation at the International Conference on Environmental Research

2010: 2nd prize, blogging competition on ‘TH!NK 4: climate change’ towards COP-16, organized by The European Journalism Centre

2010-2013: School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences (GEES) and Richard Fenwick scholarships for PhD at University of Birmingham

2010: World Bank travel grant for Climate Invest Fund (CIF) Forum held at Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines

2009: University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) travel grant for UNFCCC climate change conference COP-15, Copenhagen, Denmark 

2009: CEPT University travel grant for conference on “Aerospace Industry & Environmental Issues", Putrajaya, Malaysia

2009: Vastushilpa Foundation Gold Medal for Best Thesis, M. Plan (Environmental Planning), CEPT University.

2007-09: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) National Scholarship (one of the 10 selected nationally) for M. Plan (Environmental Planning) at CEPT University

2006: Hyderabad Industries Gold Medal award for ‘Advanced Construction’ in B. Arch, SPA (JNTU)

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Location

M001, Mezzanine Floor, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Kensington - 2052

Contact

093854916