Dr. Kaushik Deb

Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP), School of International and Public Affairs

New York, NY USA


Kaushik Deb is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where his research focuses on policies to achieve a just and efficient energy transition in developing countries, especially the role of oil and gas markets. Prior to joining the Center, Kaushik led the Markets and Industrial Development Program at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, managing the Center’s engagement with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy in supporting the development of short and long term strategies for oil and gas markets to achieve the Kingdom’s energy sector objectives.

Before this, Kaushik was the Head, Global Gas Markets in Group Economics in BP overseeing analysis that formed the basis for the investment and trading strategy of the company in natural gas. He also led the gas sections of BP’s flagship publications, the Statistical Review of World Energy and the Energy Outlook. Prior to BP, at IDFC (now IDFC Bank), his portfolio included policy research and advocacy on infrastructure and environmental economics issues such as low carbon infrastructure, decentralized electricity services in rural areas, and organized intermediate public transport systems for small towns. He has also guided and implemented research in applied economics in TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) and was the Programme Director of the MBA Programmes at TERI University.

Kaushik has a Doctor of Science degree from ETH Zürich and a Master of Arts in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.



  • Deb, Kaushik and Rami Shabaneh. 2019. Aramco’s LNG strategy: Opportunities and Options. KS—2019-CO05. Riyadh: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center.




  • Deb, Kaushik, and Massimo Filippini. “Public Bus Transport Demand Elasticities in India.” Journal of Transport Economics and Policy 47, no. 3 (2013): 419–36. http://www.jstor.org/stable/24396342.
  • Deb, K., 2012. Organizing intermediate transport solutions for an urbanizing India: A way forward? IDFC Quarterly Research Note. September 2012.
  • Deb, K., 2012. Financing the National Highway Development Project. IDFC Sector Note 2.
  • Deb K., and Filippini M. (2012) Policy instruments for increasing demand for public transport in India. CODATU XV: the role of urban mobility in (re) shaping cities, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 22-25, 2012.


  • Deb, K., 2011. Biomass based decentralized distributed generation for universal energy access. IDFC Quarterly Research Note 17. March 2011.
  • Reckien, D., Wildenberg, M., Deb, K. (2011). Understanding Potential Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Options in Indian Megacities. In: Otto-Zimmermann, K. (eds) Resilient Cities. Local Sustainability, vol 1. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0785-6_3
  • Deb, K., and Filippini, M. (2011). Estimating welfare changes from efficient pricing in public bus transit in India. Transport Policy. 18.


  • Kaushik Deb. (2010) Identifying strategies for increasing efficiencies in bus transport in India by estimating a cost function. CODATU XIV: Sustainable Transport and Quality of Life in the City, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 24-27, 2010. https://www.codatu.org/wp-content/uploads/Identifying-strategies-for-increasing-efficiencies-in-bus-transport-in-India-by-estimating-a-cost-function-Kaushik-Deb.pdf
  • Kai Rommel, Markus Hanisch, Julian Sagebiel, and Kaushik Deb. 2010. Consumer Preferences for Improvements of Power Supply Service Quality. Results from a Choice Experiment in Hyderabad, India and Implications for Energy Policy. Proceedings of the 11th IAEE European Conference. 25-28 August 2010.
  • Deb, K., Garg, A., and Rommel, K., 2009. Energy Management for the Emerging Megacity Hyderabad. In (Eds.) K. Hagedorn, C. Werthmann, D. Zikos, R. Chennamaneni. Emerging megacities 03/2009. Published by Europaeischer Hochschulverlag GmbH & Co.
  • Deb, K. 2007. Agenda 21 and Transport in India: A Pragmatic Approach Towards Sustainability. In Transport Sector in India: Recent Developments, 2007
  • Pachauri, S., Kemmler, A., Boesch, M., Deb, K., 2006. The adverse health implications of fuelwood consumption among Indian householders. Securing Energy in Insecure Times, 29th IAEE International Conference.
  • Jaswal, P., and Deb, K., 2004. Strategies for Reducing Vehicular Pollution: A Case for Emissions-Based Vehicle Taxes. in Urban Development Debates in the New Millennium: Studies in Revisited Theories and Redefined Praxes, Volume 1. K. R. Gupta, Kulwant Rai Gupta. Atlantic Publishers.
  • Sundar S., and Deb K., 2004. Infrastructure Services: Challenges and Opportunities. In India 2025 Social, Economic and Political Stability, Sinha, R. K., 2003. (Ed.) 318-341.
  • Sundar S., and Deb K., 2004. A regime for inspection and certification for in-use vehicles in India. CODATU XV: the role of urban mobility in (re) shaping cities, Bucharest, Romania, April 22-24, 2004.


  • Deb K., and Sundar S., Restructuring urban public transport in India. CODATU XV: the role of urban mobility in (re) shaping cities, Bucharest, Romania, April 22-24, 2004.


  • Deb, K., 2004. Reforms in drinking water and sanitation. Published by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
  • Deb, K. and Srivastava, L., 2003. (Eds.) Transitions Towards Sustainable Development in South Asia. Published by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
  • Kohli, P., Deb, K., 2003. Reforms in public transport provisioning: bridging the gap between research and policy. In Transition towards sustainable development in South Asia, Deb, K. and Srivastava, L., 2003. (Eds.) 249-259
  • Jaswal, P., and Deb, K. 2003. A framework for estimating environmental taxes in the transport sector. In Transition towards sustainable development in South Asia, Deb, K. and Srivastava, L., 2003. (Eds.) 249-259
  • Deb, K., 2002. Restructuring urban public transport in India. Journal of Public Transportation, 5(3), pp.85-102. Deb, Kaushik. 2002. Restructuring Urban Public Transport in India. Journal of Public Transportation, 5 (3): 85-102.


  • Sarkar, S.K., Deb, K. and Sundharam, M., 2002. Regulatory reforms – progress thus far and challenges. In (Eds.) S.K. Sarkar and L. Srivastava. Reforms in the Infrastructure Sectors: Next Steps. Published by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
  • Deb, K., 2002. Transport. Agenda 21: An Assessment. Published by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
  • Kaushik Deb. Transport, Energy, and Environment. Proceedings of the Annual Congress of the Institute of Urban Transport. 10-11 December 2002.
  • Sarkar, S.K. and Deb, K., 2001. (Eds.) Regulation in infrastructure services: progress and the way forward. Published by Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI).
  • Deb, Kaushik. “Private Investment and Policy Developments in Transport Sector.” Economic and Political Weekly 35, no. 15 (2000): 1277–82. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4409149.
  • Deb, K., & Malhotra, A. (2000). Lessons in Urban Transport in South Asia. South Asian Survey, 7(1), 113–129.