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Shashwat Kumar

Shashwat Kumar

Doctorate, Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Shashwat Kumar has a PhD in Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations by the the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

His PhD was conducted within the framework of Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network on explaining Global India. He holds a Master’s degree in Regulatory Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, University of Pune. Shashwat also holds another Master’s degree in Public Administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University. The objective of his PhD thesis was to analyse the shift in regulatory governance of the economy in India under the influence of international policy diffusion and the impacts of those changes.

Background and education

  • (2015) M.A. Regulatory Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
  • (2013) M.A. Public Administration, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
  • (2010) Bachelors in Commerce, Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC), University of Pune


Research interests

  • Regulatory governance
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Public Policy
  • India

Selected publications

  • Kumar, Shashwat.2022.Taking root: Independent Regulatory Agency model of regulation in Indian electricity sector.Energy Policy,Volume 164LinkLogo open access
  • Kumar, Shashwat.2020.Diffusion agents and institutional change: The variable influence of independent regulatory agencies across sectors in India.Utilities Policy,Volume 64, June 2020, 101041Link


Completed a course in Political Economy and Political Philosophy at Asia Institute of Political Economy (AIPE) at Hong Kong University, July 9-30, 2016, organized by George Mason University, USA