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Dr. Singh with her puppy Zephyrus

I am a Post-Doctoral Economist Fellow working on energy and climate policy. My interdisciplinary research has included energy access & transitions in the Global South, air quality (GHG emissions accounting), evaluating climate impacts of national policies, natural resource economics, environmental [carbon] finance, forest sustainability, and methane emissions from oil and gas production. As a result, I have coordinated multiple research projects across sectors (industry, academia, government, Indigenous communities, and non-profits) and countries (India, Canada, US). Through my work, I led research design, research execution, and communication (via peer-reviewed papers, reports, presentations, social media, etc.).

Outside of academia, I have consulted on carbon markets and policy for New Forests Inc., and worked with First Nations on non-timber forest products. In the past (until 2010), I also worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for various Fortune 200 companies after obtaining an MBA in Finance. However, inspired by the magnitude and importance of global climate change, I changed career paths and obtained an M.Sc. in Environmental Science, and a Ph.D. in Energy & Climate Policy. I actively promote engagement with policy makers and the public for evidence-based decision-making.

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University of British Columbia


The Ohio State University


University of Iowa

Ph.D. from the Faculty of Forestry

Department: Forest Resources Management

Specialization: Energy Access and Transitions, Climate Policy, Environmental Finance.

Master of Environmental Science from the School of Environment and Natural Resources

Specialization: Environmental Social Science, Statistics, Human Dimensions of the Environment.

Master of Business Administration from the Tippie School of Management

Specialization: Financial Analysis, Managerial Finance, Cost-benefit Analysis, Financial Reporting

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Academic publications

  • Daniel Raimi, Emily Grubert, Jake Higdon, Gilbert Metcalf, Sophie Pesek, Devyani Singh. The fiscal implications of the U.S. transition away from fossil fuels. Resources for the Future Working Paper. 

  • Philippe Le Billon, Paivi Lujala, Devyani Singh, Vance Culbert. 2021. Greening a Just Recovery: Energy Transitions, Commodity Exporters, and the Covid-19 Pandemic. Climate Policy. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2021.1965524

  • Devyani Singh, Chris Hugenholtz, Arvind Ravikumar. Field Performance of New Methane Detection Technologies: Results from the Alberta Methane Field Challenge. (under review). Pre-print at

  • Devyani Singh, Hisham Zerriffi, Rob Bailis, Valerie LeMay. Forest, Farms and Fuelwood: Measuring changes in fuelwood collection and consumption behavior from a clean cooking intervention. Energy for Sustainable Development. 61: 196-201.

  • Devyani Singh, Ther Aung, Hisham Zerriffi. 2018. Resource Collection Polygons: A spatial analysis of woodfuel collection patterns. Energy for Sustainable Development. 45 (C), 150-158.

  • Devyani Singh, Shonali Pachauri, Hisham Zerriffi. 2017. Environmental payoffs of LPG cooking in India. Environmental Research Letters. 

  • David Brand & Devyani Singh. 2014. What is needed to make markets for forest ecosystem services a reality? In: Forests and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development. (pp. 185-201). Nikolakis & Innes, Editor. London: Routledge.

  • Gary Bull, Sean Pledger, Devyani Singh, et al., 2014. Culturally Driven Forest Management, Utilization and Values: A Nuxalk First Nations Case Study. The Forestry Chronicle, 90:620-627. 


  • Abhishek Kar, Devyani Singh, Shonali Pachauri, Rob Bailis, Hisham Zerriffi. 2019. Ujjwala at 6 crores: Impact on Cooking Energy Transition and Climate Change. In: The Ujjwala Saga: Unending Happiness & Health (pp. 16-20). Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India.   

  • Devyani Singh. 2018. Mapping Fuelwood Collection in India. Branchlines Fall 2018, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia.

  • Sameer Shah, Devyani Singh, Scott McKenzie. 2018. Trump’s ‘all-out effort’ on climate is derelict and risky. The Conversation & National Post.

  • Devyani Singh. 2013. Non-Timber Forest Product - Conifer Essential Oils: A Report for the Nuxalk Nation. Collaborations: Branchlines Special Issue, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia.

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Policy contribution

  • Developed a “Local Climate Action Plan” including a comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory for two municipalities in Pennsylvania in the Department of Energy. (Submitted to city council in spring 2021).

  • Provided inputs for the Green Party of Canada response to the “Canada net Zero Emissions Accountability Act”. January 20, 2022.

  • Provided scientific inputs to Elizabeth May, Member of Parliamentary [then Leader of the Green Party of Canada], for “Consultation on the Proposed Order Declaring that the Provisions of the Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector) Do Not Apply in Saskatchewan” in July 2020. The letter can be accessed at

  • Modeled climate impacts of “Ujjwala” - the Indian national cooking energy transition, for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India. Published as: Ujjwala at 6 crores: Impact on Cooking Energy Transition and Climate Change (pp. 16-20). 

Awards, Fellowships

  • UBC Forestry Award / Scholarship, 2018.

  • Air Quality Research Scholarship, Province of British Columbia: The Robert Caton Scholarship for environmental sciences, 2017.

  • UBC Ph.D. Public Scholar, 2015-2016 & 2016-17.

  • Mary and David Macaree Fellowship for sustainability and forest resources, 2015 & 2016.

  • Faculty of Forestry four-year fellowship, 2012-2016.

  • MITACS Accelerate Ph.D. fellowship, 2013.

Executive Committees

  • Green Party of Canada Shadow Cabinet: Critic for Climate, Environment and Natural Resources. 2021-2022.

  • Councillor-at-large for Vancouver, Green Party of British Columbia. 2020-2022.

  • Steering Committee Member, 350 Vancouver, 2020-2021.

  • Editorial Board Member, Energy Research & Social Science (ERSS), 2018-2020.

  • Delegate for the Young Scientist Summer Program at International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna, 2015.

  • Founder and steering committee member, The Network: student club providing community and networking opportunities for UBC queer graduate students, staff and faculty, 2012-2020. 

  • Executive committee member, Forestry Graduate Student Association (FGSA) at the University of British Columbia (2012-2014): organized events such as the Future Forestry Leaders Symposium, 2012.

  • Executive committee member, International Forestry Student Association (IFSA) at the University of British Columbia (2012-2014).

  • Board Member, ‘Our City of Colors’, Vancouver, BC for equality and diversity issues, 2012-2014.

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