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Milind Kandlikar
Professor, Liu Institute for Global Issues & Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability.
Office: Liu Institute for Global Issues, Room 101B
Office Phone: (604) 822-5918

Milind Kandlikar (PhD Carnegie Mellon, B.Tech IIT Bombay) is a Professor at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability. His work focuses on the intersection of technology innovation, human development and the global environment. Dr. Kandlikar's current projects include cross-national comparisons of regulation of agricultural biotechnology; air quality in Indian cities; risks and benefits of nanotechnology; new technologies for sustainable transportation; and development and climate change. He has also published extensively on the science and policy of climate change.

Recent Journal Articles (2011-2013)

Saraswat, Arvind*, Joshua S. Apte, Milind Kandlikar, Michael Brauer, Sarah B. Henderson, and Julian D. Marshall. 2013. “Spatiotemporal Land Use Regression Models of Fine, Ultrafine, and Black Carbon Particulate Matter in New Delhi, India.” Environmental Science & Technology 47 (22) (November 19)

Beaudrie, Christian E. H.*, Terre Satterfield, Milind Kandlikar, and Barbara H. Harthorn. 2013. “Expert Views on Regulatory Preparedness for Managing the Risks of Nanotechnologies.” PLoS ONE 8 (11) (November 11): e80250.

 Harish, Santosh M.*, Kaveri K. Iychettira, Shuba V. Raghavan, and Milind Kandlikar. 2013. “Adoption of Solar Home Lighting Systems in India: What Might We Learn from Karnataka?” Energy Policy 62 (November): 697–706.

 Brian J.*,  Rogak S.,  and Kandlikar M. (2013) Characterization of Ultrafine Particulate Matter from Traditional and Improved Biomass Cookstoves. Environmental Science & Technology, 2013, 47 (7),3506–3512

 Teehan, P*. and  Kandlikar, M (2013). Comparing Embodied Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Modern Computing and Electronics Products. Environmental Science & Technology 47(9), 3997–4003.

 Beaudrie, C.E.H*, Kandlikar M., Satterfield T. (2013).  From Cradle-to-Grave at the Nanoscale: Gaps in US Regulatory Oversight along the Nanomaterial Life Cycle. Environmental Science & Technology 2013, 47 (11), pp 5524–5534

Harish, Santosh M.*, Shuba V. Raghavan, Milind Kandlikar, and Gireesh Shrimali. 2013. “Assessing the Impact of the Transition to Light Emitting Diodes Based Solar Lighting Systems in India.” Energy for Sustainable Development 17 (4) (August): 363–370.

Grieshop, Andrew P., Daniel Boland, Conor CO Reynolds, Brian Gouge, Joshua S. Apte, Steven N. Rogak, and Milind Kandlikar  (2012) Modeling Air Pollutant Emissions from Indian Auto-rickshaws: Model Development and Implications for Fleet Emission Rate Estimates. Atmospheric Environment, 50 (2012): 148–156.

Donner, S., Kandlikar, M., Zerriffi H. (2011) IEG's Role in Evaluating Climate Financing—Response, Science 16 March 2012: 1302-1303. (Editorial Review) 

Teehan, Paul, and Milind Kandlikar  (2012) Sources of Variation in Life Cycle Assessments of Desktop Computers. Journal of Industrial Ecology 16, no. s1 (2012): S182–S194

Donner, S., Kandlikar, M., Zerriffi H. (2011) Preparing to Manage Climate Change Financing, Science 334, no. 6058 (November 18, 2011): 908 -909.

Ho-Lem, C., Zerriffi, H., Kandlikar, M.  (2011) Who participates in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Why: A Quantitative Analysis of National Representation of Scientists in the IPCC, Global Environmental Change 21(4), 1308-1371.

 Lagally, C., Grieshop, A., Reynolds, C., and Rogak, S., Kandlikar, M. (2011) Carbon Nanotube and fullerene emissions from spark-ignited engines, Aerosol Science and Technology, 46(2), 156-164.

Findlater, K., Kandlikar, M.  (2011) Land use and second-generation biofuel feedstocks: Unconsidered impacts of Jatropha biodiesel in Rajasthan, India, Energy Policy, 39(6), 3404-3413.

Greishop, A., Kandlikar, M.  (2011) Health and Climate Benefits of Cook-stove Replacement Options, Energy Policy, 39(12), 7530-7542 

Beaudrie, C.E.H., Kandlikar, M. (2011) Horses for Courses: Risk Information and Decision Making In the Regulation of Nanomaterials. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 13(4), 1477-1488.

Reynolds, C.C.O., Grieshop, A., Kandlikar, M.  (2011) Climate and health relevant emissions from in-use Indian three-wheelers fueled by natural gas and gasoline, Environmental Science & Technology45 (6), pp 2406–2412.

Reynolds, C.C.O., Kandlikar, M.  and Badami, M.G. (2011) Determinants of PM and GHG emissions from natural gas fueled auto-rickshaws in Delhi, Transportation Research D – Transport and Environment. 16(160-165) 

Milind Kandlikar, Conor Reynolds
A study of air pollutant emissions from Indian auto-rickshaws with Associate Professor Milind Kandlikar and Visiting Fellow Conor Reynolds will be published in the April 2012 volume of Atmospheric Environment.
1 April 2012
Milind Kandlikar, Andrew P. Grieshop
The health and climate impacts of available household cooking options in developing countries vary sharply. Here, we analyze and compare these impacts (health; climate) and the potential co-benefits from the use of fuel and stove combinations. Our results indicate that health and climate impacts span 2 orders of magnitude among the technologies considered. Indoor air pollution is heavily impacted by combustion performance and ventilation; climate impacts are influenced by combustion performance and fuel properties including biomass renewability. Emission components not included in current carbon trading schemes, such as black carbon particles and carbon monoxide, can contribute a large proportion of the total climate impact. Multiple ‘improved’ stove options analyzed in this paper yield roughly equivalent climate benefits but have different impacts on indoor air pollution. Improvements to biomass stoves can improve indoor air quality, which nonetheless remains significantly higher than for stoves that use liquid or gaseous hydrocarbons. LPG- and kerosene-fueled stoves have unrivaled air quality benefits and their climate impacts are also lower than all but the cleanest stoves using renewable biomass.
24 November 2011
Hisham Zerriffi, Milind Kandlikar, Simon Donner
At the 2010 Cancun Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the international community agreed in principle to one of the largest development programs in history. The developed nations pledged to mobilize U.S.$100 billion per year by the year 2020 to “address the needs of developing countries” in responding to climate change (1). The funds, which may apply to adaptation and mitigation, are proposed to flow through multiple channels, including existing development banks, official development assistance, bilateral programs, international private investment flows (e.g., carbon markets), and other public and private mechanisms. Recommendations provided by a transitional committee for the management and operation of the proposed climate change financing will be considered by the parties to the UNFCCC at the upcoming conference in Durban, South Africa (2).
17 November 2011
Milind Kandlikar, Hisham Zerriffi
A quantitative assessment of the national representation of authors in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
30 September 2011
Conor Reynolds, Milind Kandlikar, Andrew Grieshop
A pioneering program by one of the world’s largest cities to switch its vehicle fleet to clean fuel has not significantly improved harmful vehicle emissions in more than 5,000 vehicles – and worsened some vehicles’ climate impacts – a new University of British Columbia study finds.
1 March 2011
Hisham Zerriffi, Milind Kandlikar, Claudia Ho Lem
28 February 2011
  Technological Change and Life Cycle Assessment in Auto-Sector
This projects examines the impact of technological and regulatory innovation such as product "take-back" policies on reuse, recycling in the automobile sector.
  Transport, Air Quality and Development
This projects explores the relationship between transport policies and air quality outcomes in the develolping world, with focused case studies of India.
  The Role of Uncertainty in Climate Change
This work examines the impact of uncertainties in the science of climate change on "when, where and how much" carbon reduction.
  Risks and Benefits of Nanotechnology
This work focuses on quantifying the health risks from nanoparticles using expert judgment; I also work on how scientists view the regulation of health risks from nanotechnology.
  Climate Science, Equity and Development: The Role of International Institutions in Capacity Building for Climate Change
Due to its global nature, the climate change problem is one that reveals wide disparities between countries.
  Global Focus: Hybrid vehicles produce scant environmental benefits, high cost
Despite major costs to taxpayers in the U.S. and Canada, government programs that offer rebates to hybrid vehicle buyers are failing to produce environmental benefits, a new UBC study says.
  India: Can solar power become a tool for pro-poor development?
Recepients of the Martha Piper Research fund, associate professor Milind Kandlikar and Sumeet Gulati want to find out if solar power can be a viable energy solution for the 100 million households in rural india who do not have access to electricity.
  Re-thinking the rickshaw
If you’ve been to parts of Asia or Africa, chances are a three-wheeled auto rickshaw got you from A to B. Cheap to drive and compact enough for a driver to whisk passengers through crowded streets, they are a vital mode of transportation for billions of people around the world everyday. But under their brightly painted exteriors, auto rickshaws have a dark side, a new UBC study has found.
  The Right to Food: Food Access, Food Subsidy, and Residue-Based Bioenergy Production in India
Researchers at the Liu Institute for Global Issues will be working to answer important questions on food security in India, thanks to a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
  Food Security Policy in Asia - An International Symposium
A partnership between the Liu Institute, Asia Development Bank, and the Canadian International Development Agency will be sharing best practices and enhancing policy dialogue on food security in Asia and the Pacific region.
  A framework for screening human health and environmental risks from nanomaterials
On May 24th and 25th, 2012, the Liu Institute hosted a group of experts for a workshop on nanotoxicology, human exposure assessment, and environmental fate and transport.
  Global Focus: Food Security in Asia and the Pacific
This report - “Food Security in Asia and the Pacific” - synthesizes the research initiated by the Asian Development Bank in collaboration with Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC.
Currently Teaching:
SCIE 220, RMES 502
Graduate Student Supervision:
Arvind Saraswat (PhD-RMES), Keiran Findlater (PhD-RMES), Paul Teehan (PhD-RMES), Simon Harding (PhD-RMES)
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