Mithlesh Verma

External Consultant | mverma at iihs dot ac dot in


2020    BA, Economics Banaras Hindu University Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh,India
2022    MA, Economics Azim Premji University Bengaluru, Karnataka, India


Countries: India
States: Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan
Cities: Ranchi, Dumka, Latehar, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Dausa, Varanasi
Languages: English, Hindi, Local dialect of Bihar and Jharkhand

Mithlesh Verma holds a Master’s in Economics from Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, specialising in development and policy.


Currently serving as a Consultant at IIHS, Mithlesh works as a Research Associate under the supervision of Amir Bazaz and Manish Dubey. In this role, he contributes to various research projects focusing on climate change, public finance, infrastructure investment, and energy transition.


Previously, Mithlesh interned at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), where he provided crucial support in conducting a mid-line survey for a randomised control trial on the Hybrid Digital Learning Project in Jaipur, collaborating with Pratham.


Mithlesh’s academic journey began during his bachelor’s at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, where he extensively engaged himself with the socio-economic issues of Bihar, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh. His growing interest in development and policy led him to pursue a master’s in economics with a specialisation in development and policy at Azim Premji University. During his master’s, he focused on areas of his interest, including economics of identity, political and legal institutions, and sociology of development. Mithlesh undertook several research projects, such as estimating caste-based residential segregation of Ranchi Municipal Corporation. In his master’s thesis, he explored the role of non-timber forest products in providing sustainable livelihoods to tribal communities in Jharkhand.


Mithlesh’s primary focus extends to exploring the role of public finance in addressing the challenges of climate change. This includes understanding how public finance mechanisms can be leveraged to support climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Books & Book Chapters


Other Writing

  • Reconfiguring Energy for Social Equity (ReSET)
  • Indian Municipal Finance 2023
  • Indian Municipal Finance 2022: An Update
  • The Urban in India’s Recent State Budgets
  • Climate Finance in India 2023
  • Cellular: A Light House Model for Affordable Zero Carbon Living in India