India, Delhi – UC Berkeley

Delhi, India

Site Institution:
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India

U.S. Institution
UC Berkeley

U.S. Mentor

Kirk R. Smith, PhD, MPH
Professor of Global Environmental Health
School of Public Health




Site Mentor
Ambuj D. Sagar, PhD, MS, MS, MS
Vipula and Mahesh Chaturvedi Professor of Policy Studies
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences



Research Focus:
indoor and outdoor air pollution, health outcomes, policy

Site Description:
Professor Kirk Smith has been collaborating with IIT Delhi for over 15 years, including research on household energy and health, air pollution, climate, and policy. Recent publications with Prof. Ambuj Sagar (IIT-D primary mentor) highlight the critical and timely nature of their global health research:
Sagar A, et al. India Leads the Way: A Health-Centered Strategy for Air Pollution. Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Jul 1;124(7):A116-7. PMID:27479991
Smith KR, Sagar A. Fossil fuel subsidies and health. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Nov; 3(11):e674
Smith KR, Sagar A, Making the clean available: Escaping India’s chulha trap, Energy Policy 2014 75: 410–414.
Professor Smith, together with Dr. Sagar and other colleagues have recently established the Collaborative Center for Air Pollution Policy, in Delhi, which creates an ideal opportunity for both U.S. and Indian postdoctoral researchers to engage in global health research affecting the approximate 700 million Indians relying on biomass for household fuel and the additional hundreds of millions affected by outdoor air pollution and climate change.