Vasundhara Saravade

EEPRN Student Researcher, 2017-2018

Vasundhara is a Masters candidate in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at University of Waterloo. Her current research is focused on the low carbon economy transition and the growth of climate finance. Her Masters research specifically looks at the growth of the green bond market in emerging economies like India and China. 

Vasundhara graduated from Carleton University in 2016 with a B.A. (Hons) in Environmental Studies and a minor in Economics. She did her honours research paper on the green bond market, with an emphasis on the behavioural economics and public policy perspective. Before starting her Masters, Vasundhara worked on policy issues related to climate change adaptation and governance with organizations spanning across India, Indonesia and Canada. 

She has previously worked with the Smart Prosperity Institute on a policy brief released in April 2017 called "Accelerating Clean Innovation in Canada" , which involved interviews with over 40 top Canadian and international experts in clean technology innovation. Apart from this, her previous work experience includes working at the Ottawa office of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) on climate change National Adaptation Plans (NAP) for least developed countries. She has also done an internship with the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), where she researched about green bonds and climate finance in Indonesia as well as created a research inventory of the supply chain management of palm oil in Indonesia. 

More recently, she became a part of the Canadian ISO sub-committee on creating standards related to environmental performance evaluation, and has represented Canada's position at the international working group level. Apart from her academic career, she likes to write on various topics related to climate change and has been published on The Conversation CanadaHuffington Post IndiaFair Observer and the Times of India

During her most recent work with SPI, Vasundhara provided research support for an EEPRN project entitled: "Strategies and Policies for Integrating the Canadian Financial Sector into Financing the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy". This work was completed under the supervision of Olaf Weber.