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Cambridge Zero Fellow, University of Cambridge

Dr Ramit Debnath is the inaugural Cambridge Zero Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He is also a visiting faculty associate in Computational Social Science at Caltech, and a sustainability fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

Ramit works at the intersection of data science and public policy to support climate action. Primarily focussing on developing novel approaches to natural language processing, machine learning, AI and qualitative analysis to enable a people-centric and just net-zero transition. In addition, he is interested in exploring how the public, industry and policymakers make decisions for energy and climate justice. At the same time, developing design-driven solutions to counter misinformation and distributive injustices.

He is currently co-leading a work package with UNEP on developing a decision-making system for sustainability in the built environment. He has previously worked with the International Energy Agency, Stanford University and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Ramit has a background in electrical engineering and public policy, an MPhil and PhD from Cambridge as a Commonwealth and Gates Scholar. He is the recipient of the 2022 Enrichment Award from the Alan Turing Institute, UK.

In Cambridge, he has affiliations with multiple research units like the Energy Policy Research Group (Judge Business School), Centre for Natural Materials Innovation (Architecture), Centre for Climate Repair (Engineering), Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab (Psychology) and the Bennett Institute of Public Policy (POLIS) as a Research Associate.

Ramit has received over £400,000 in research grants and prestigious fellowships. And published in over 30 peer-reviewed journals and conferences


  • –present
    Cambridge Zero Fellow , University of Cambridge


  • 2021 
    University of Cambridge, PhD (Computational Social Science)


Gates Cambridge Scholar