Amir Bazaz

Associate Dean – School of Environment and Sustainability; School of Systems and Infrastructure
Senior Lead – Practice
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2011    Fellow (eq. to PhD), Public Systems, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
1999    BE, Electrical (Hons), Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee



Countries: India, Uganda, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Colombia, Mexico, Tanzania
States: Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Kerala, Rajasthan, West Bengal
Cities: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Siliguri, Vishakhapatnam, Cape Town
Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri

Amir Bashir Bazaz is Lead-Practice at IIHS. He holds a PhD in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, with a specialisation in Public Systems. He works on issues at the intersection of economics, climate change mitigation, and adaptation and sustainable development. He has substantial experience in working with various integrated assessment frameworks and modelling arrangements. His current research interests are low carbon societies/infrastructure, climate change adaptation and mitigation (across scales), with specific focus on urban-climate change linkages and climate, energy and environment policy.


Amir has a first degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and started his career in the manufacturing industry, working across functional responsibilities of projects, production planning/control and engineering. He has previously been the National Expert Consultant to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India for the Second National Communication to the UNFCCC and taught courses in Development & Environmental Economics during his academic engagements at Symbiosis International University, Pune.


At IIHS, Amir is the Regional Research Lead for a multi-partner, multi-year climate adaptation research project Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR). This project is a part of an IDRC/DfID funded global climate adaptation research program Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA), operational across the regions of West, South and East Africa as well as South Asia. In addition, Amir is a part of many practice-based engagements at IIHS, notably; on Energy Innovation (on a project led by Cambridge University),  Sustainability of Ecosystem Services (in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy India and Keystone Foundation) and Migration-Climate Resilience dynamics for Indian cities (supported by the Swiss Agency of Development & Cooperation). He has been a regular team member for many Disaster and Climate Resilience projects at IIHS and teaches regularly in the Urban Fellows and the Urban Practitioners Program.


Environmental Sciences
Climate Science
Public Policy/ Social Policy & Administration



Course on “Building Resilience through Integrated Practice”, part of the UNDP and IIHS team on Human Development (HD), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change (CC) teaching
Capacity Building initiatives under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme


Previous Teaching Experience

  • Undergraduate, Environmental Economics
  • Post-graduate, Environmental Economics; Human Development; Poverty, Dualism and Migration; International Capital and Labour; Rural Development
  • H​aldar, S., Grillitsch,​ M., & Bazaz, A. (2024, 10 – 12 January). Beyond ​technocentrism: Unpacking ​capabilities and ​human ​agency in ​energy ​transition ​processes​. Paper presented at the 7th Geography of Innovation​ Conference (GeoInno 2024). Manchester Institute of Innovation Research​.
  • Neto-Bradley, A. P., Choudhary, R., & Bazaz, A. B. (2019). Tailoring residential energy provision strategies in fast-growing cities using targeted data collection. In M. J. DeJong, J. M. Schooling, & G. M. B. Viggiani. (Eds.), International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction 2019 (ICSIC): Driving data-informed decision-making (pp. 151-160). London: ICE Publishing.
  • Neto-Bradley, A. P., Choudhary, R., & Bazaz, A. B. (2019). Applicability of an ‘uptake wave’ energy transition concept in Indian households. In IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science (Vol. 294, No. 1). Tokyo: IOP Publishing.
  • Bazaz, A. (2017). Nexus between Climate, Infrastructure and Urbanisation. Presentation made during the VIth Sustainable Mountain Development Summit, Aizawl, Mizoram.
  • Bazaz, A. (2014). Cities & Climate Change: A Mitigation Perspective. Lecture delivered at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & the Environment (ATREE).
  • Bazaz, A. (2013, October). Can we use improved cook-stoves as an instrument to tackle the twin challenges of development and energy: an assessment in the Indian context? Paper presented at the International Conference organized by the forum for Global Knowledge Sharing, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India.
  • Bazaz, A. (2010, November). Towards an integrated carbon governance structure in Asia: context, issues and role of India. Paper presented at the Capacity Building Workshop on Carbon Governance in Asia: Bridging Scales and Disciplines, Institute of Advanced Studies of the United Nations University (UNU-IAS), Japan.

Research Projects at IIHS

2017CapaCITIES – Migration, Livelihoods and Climate Resilience
2017Coimbatore Greenprinting
2014Global Assessment Reports
2014Framework for Integrated Planning, Development and Resilience


Practice Projects at IIHS

 2017Energy innovation for low-cost housing in India and South Africa: strategies for inter-disciplinary and cross-institutional dialogue
2016Reducing Relocation Risk in Urban India: a diagnostic
2013Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions of India