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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. His doctoral research titled “Regulatory Arrangements and electricity governance: India in a comparative perspective” examines electricity governance in India. His research also extends regulatory governance discourse by examining interaction of past electricity reform principles with emerging issues surrounding renewable energy and its impact on electricity governance.

He holds a Masters 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. Prior to pursuing PhD he worked as a management consultant in Indian Power Sector.

Background and education

  • (2022) PhD. Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
  • (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
  • Multilevel governance
  • Energy sector governance (Electricity and Renewables)

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


  • Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy – Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Nov. 2021)
  • Undergraduate credit in Political Economy & Political Philosophy of USA – Asia Institute of Political Economy, Hong Kong University, George Mason University, USA and TFAS (July 2016)