Chella Rajan

Chella Rajan

Chella Rajan is Professor and Head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M). He is also Coordinator of the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability and an Associate Fellow at Tellus Institute. He has an extensive twenty-year research background in transportation, energy systems, and the institutional and political context of environmental policymaking. He is broadly concerned with the interactions among social, political, technological and environmental factors relating to sustainable development. His research has included energy and environmental scenario analyses, studies on the politics of power sector reform in developing countries, and analysis of institutional reform measures to reduce corruption. Previously, he worked at the California Air Resources Board and the International Energy Initiative, and as an independent consultant for the United Nations Development Programme.

GTI Contributions
The Global Shapes the Local
GTI Forum

Contribution to GTI Forum Think Globally, Act Locally?

August 2019

Commentary on The Church of Economism and Its Discontents - Chella Rajan
Contribution to GTI Roundtable "On Economism"

December 2015

Global Politics and Institutions
Paper Series
Global Politics and Institutions

Chella Rajan analyzes the historical roles of politics and institutions and identifies the challenges that the institution of the modern nation-state faces amidst the rise of problems that can only be solved on a global level. Seeing the destabilization of the nation-state as a source of identity and moral unit, Rajan then outlines a vision for political decision-making processes and institutional structures that embody the values of a Great Transition future.