Rishika is a lawyer with four years of experience in academic research and policy with strong focus on sustainability and governance. She is currently working with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, where she is researching the legal, regulatory and institutional landscape of energy provision, distribution and consumption across the ‘urban’ in general and its larger impact on climate change.
After completing her legal studies at National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata in 2016, she worked at Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition where she was the primary researcher on an empirical study seeking to identify legal and policy reforms to facilitate a sustainable open science movement in India. Subsequently, she worked at Trilegal in the government advisory practice, where she worked with NITI Aayog on identifying suitable reforms to introduce shared mobility in India. Through law school, she was actively involved in various human rights programmes and related research activities. She ultimately aims through her research to help shape government legislation and policy.