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Hem Himanshu Dholakia

Hem Himanshu Dholakia

Senior Research Associate

Hem is a health professional turned policy researcher and leads the Risks and Adaptation team at The Council. His research addresses the linkages between energy, environment, human health, and public policy in India. Specifically, it understands health impacts of urban air pollution, maps climate risks on infrastructure, develops early warning systems for extremes of heat, and analyses potential of renewable energy to improve rural health outcomes.

Hem’s current research efforts are geared towards developing a heat-health warning system in the Bundelkhand region, scaling up of solar for primary health in India’s north-eastern states, supporting farmers to reduce seasonal crop burning in Punjab and Haryana.

Hem holds a PhD from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), a Masters in Exercise Science from University of Brighton (UK) and an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy from Seth G.S. Medical College.

  • 3cups of tea a day
  • 150hours of meditation in 2017
  • 500km swimming target for 2018
  • What I believe in


    Pollution and climate change are and will continue to be the biggest cause of human suffering in the foreseeable future. I believe effective policy design can help mitigate this. This is the motivation that underscores all strands of my research.


    What Others say


    Hem's expertise on climate change and health is matched by few in India. With a calm and focused approach, he is on path to make significant contributions to dovetailing India's development and climate policy objectives.


    Vaibhav Chaturvedi

    Research Fellow