Deepti Chatti

Doctoral Candidate


MPhil (Yale University, 2015)
MS Environmental Engineering and Science (Stanford University, 2007)
BE Civil Engineering (Osmania University, 2005)



I am a Doctoral Candidate at Yale University in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. My doctoral dissertation is a feminist political ecology study of household energy transitions in rural India. I am conducting a multi-sited ethnography to understand the local, regional, national, international, and cross-scale dimensions of energy transitions. At the local level, I focus on understanding the environmental, economic, and socio-political dimensions of caste and gender in rural India and how they affect energy decisions.  At the extra-local level, I study the various state and non-state actors involved that influence the energy choices available to the household. I am interested in the mobilization of technological innovations to achieve developmental, environmental, and social objectives. My work brings together themes relevant to critical energy geography, household energy studies, anthropology of development, environmental anthropology, South Asian studies, and science and technology studies.

I am advised by Dr. Michael Dove at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, Dr. K. Sivaramakrishnan at the Department of Anthropology, Yale University, Dr. Inderpal Grewal at the Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Yale University, and Dr. Robert Bailis at the Stockholm Environmental Institute. I have a unique academic and professional background including engineering, public policy, and anthropology. I rely on my diverse training and work experiences to study technology and society, and to incorporate human dimensions into energy research.