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Prof. Shobhakar Dhakal

Professor and Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA)
Sustainable Energy transition and Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change

Ph.D. (The University of Tokyo, 2000)

Special Graduate Student (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)

M.Eng. (Asian Institute of Technology, 1996)

B. Eng. (National Institute of Technology Surat, India 1993)

  • Low carbon and climate-resilient cities
  • Energy policy and energy-economic modelling
  • Climate policy and climate change mitigation assessment
  • Improving energy access in developing countries
  • Cross-border electricity trade and regional energy market integration
  • Climate finance and carbon market
  1. Dhakal, S., P. Karki and S. Shrestha (2021). Cross-border Electricity Trade for Nepal: A SWOT-AHP analysis of barriers and opportunities based on stakeholders’ perception, International Journal of Water Resources Development 37(3)559–580. https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2019.1648240
  2. Seeley, C.C. and S. Dhakal (2021). Energy Efficiency Retrofits in Commercial Buildings: An Environmental, Financial, and Technical Analysis of Case Studies in Thailand, Thailand. Energies 14(9), 2571. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14092571.
  3. Khamchiangta, D. and S. Dhakal (2021). Future urban expansion and local climate zone changes in relation to land surface temperature: case of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Thailand, Urban Climate 37, 100835  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2021.100835
  4. Ramaswami, A., K. Tong, J. G. Canadell, R. B. Jackson, E. Stokes, S. Dhakal; M. Finch; P. Jittrapirom, N. Singh, Y. Yamagata, E. Yewdall and L. Yona (2021). Carbon analytics for net-zero emissions sustainable cities, Nature Sustainability 4(6)460–463. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-021-00715-5
  5. Chanthawong, A., S. Dhakal, J. Kuwornu and K. Farooq (2020). Impact of subsidy and taxation related to biofuels policies on the economy of Thailand: A dynamic CGE modelling approach, Waste and Biomass Valorization, 11(3), pp. 909-929. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12649-018-0417-4.
  6. Kaneko, S., K. Murakami, S. Dhakal, and A. Sharifi (2020). Changes in per capita CO2 emissions of six large Japanese cities between 1980 and 2000: an analysis using “The Four System Boundaries” approach, Sustainable Cities and Society, 52. 101784. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2019.101784
  7. Haque, H.M.E., S. Dhakal and S. M.G. Mostofa (2020). An assessment of Opportunities and Challenges for Cross-border Electricity Trade for Bangladesh using SWOT-AHP Approach. Energy Policy, 137, 111118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2019.111118
  8. B. Cai; Z. Ma; Z. Wang; S. Dhakal; L. Cao (2019). Benchmarking Carbon Efficiency in Chinese Cities: A comparative study based on high-resolution gridded data, Applied Energy, 242 (2019) 994–1009 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.03.146
  9. Shrestha S. and S. Dhakal (2019). An Assessment of Potential Synergies and Trade- offs between Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Policies of Nepal, Journal of Environmental Management, 235 (2019) 535–545. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.01.035
  10. Meangbua, O., S. Dhakal and J. Kuwornu (2019). Factors influencing energy requirements and CO2 emissions of households in Thailand: A panel data analysis, Energy Policy, 129 (2019) 521-531. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2019.02.050
  11. Bai, X., R. J. Dawson, D. Ürge-Vorsatz, G. C. Delgado, A. S. Barau, S. Dhakal, D. Dodman, L. Leonardsen, V. Masson-Delmotte, D. Roberts, S. Schultz (2018). Six research priorities for cities and climate change, Nature, 555: 23-25 (27 February 2018). doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-02409-z
  1. Mastering Energy Supply focusing on Isolated Areas (PI), Sponsor: European Union, Erasmus+
  2. Foundations for climate-resilient and sustainable growing settlements (U-Res)(PI). Sponsor: Natural Environment Research Council – NERC, Tyndall Center
  3. Global Science Technology and Innovation Conference series (PI) . Sponsor: Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO),Belgium
  4. ICUE 2020 on Energy, Environment and Climate Change International Conference. Sponsor:
  5. Evidence based policies for the sustainable use of energy resources in the Asia Pacific Region (PI). Sponsor: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific  (UN-ESCAP)