Dr. Vinod Kumar Sharma is a Professor at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), which is an Advanced Research Institute of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and recognized as a Deemed University by the University Grants Commission of India. The institute focuses on development policy issues of national and international importance through its basic and advance research, advocacy and teaching programs with an inter-disciplinary perspective.Prof. Sharma is a Civil and Environmental Engineer with a Ph.D. degree from IITB Indian Institute of Technology Bombay). His professional career spans above 35 years and includes his experience as an Engineer, a Researcher and an Academician from Lecturer to Professor. He has also been involved in Academic Administration as the Dean of IGIDR; Dean of Student Affairs at IGIDR; Head of Department at SNDT Women's University; Warden, NSS Officer and NCC Officer at University Level; Member of Board of Management of IGIDR and several Administrative Committees at IGIDR and elsewhere.

Prof. Sharma has a wide range of international experience that includes his work at the World Bank, Washington DC, USA and at the NIES, the Japan Environment Agency (Ministry), Tsukuba, Japan. He has completed several research projects and consultancy assignments for various international organizations such as the UNEP, UNDP, UNCTAD, UN-ESCAP, CREED, IIED, the World Bank, ICEF, SICI, JBIC, ADB, APO, AIST, JETRO, ERIA, IDE, and the JEA. His work for Indian organizations includes projects for the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and several other Ministries, Government Departments, Planning Commission, Corporate Sector and NGOs. He has been invited as Chair, Keynote Speaker, Panel Member, Chief Guestand VIPParticipant in several academic events in India and abroad.

Prof. Sharma has more than 168 publications to his credit, which include research articles in peer reviewed International and Indian journals, articles in newspapers and magazines, books, and policy reports. He is on the editorial boards and a peer reviewer of international journals published from Germany, The Netherlands, USA and Japan. His research and publications have contributed to policy making at the city, state, national and international levels. He has been the editor, co-coordinator and author of some important Policy Reports, including Reports for the AIST and JETRO, Japan and the ERIA, Indonesia; LCA Training Manual, UNEP, France; Maharashtra State Development Report for the Planning Commission; and State of Environment Report- Maharashtra for the Ministry of Environment, India.

Prof. Sharma's broad area of research is Sustainable Development with focus on Energy and Environmental issues. Some of his initiatives on these issues are, publication of a peer reviewed inter-disciplinary journal, the IJSI (International Journal for Sustainable Innovations); publication of Savitarka, a mass awareness E-magazine on development issues; and, organization of a regular event on sustainable development, the ISSF (International Symposium on a Sustainable Future). Prof. Sharma is the Editor of the IJSI, Chief Editor of Savitarka and Chairman of the ISSF event series. He is the founding President of the Indian Society for Life Cycle Assessment (ISLCA), Member of UNEP's International Life Cycle Board (ILCB), Leader and Member of teams for Mid-Term and Final Performance Assessments of projects by International Agencies; and an International Expert for the World Bank, USA; JBIC, NIES, JETRO and AIST, Japan; and the ERIA, Indonesia.

Prof. Sharma's research follows an inter-disciplinary approach involving technological, socio-economic, and policy aspects. Some of his major areas of research include Environment and Sustainable Development; Energy Sustainability and various Energy Forms including Renewable Energy; Pollution of Air, Water, Solid Waste, Land and Noise; Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change; Natural and Environmental Resource Accounting; Trade and Environment Linkages; Sustainability of Coastal Areas; Life Cycle Assessment; and Civil and Environmental Engineering Infrastructures.

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