School of Earth and Environment

Ajay Bhave Dr Ajay Bhave

Research Fellow, Sustainability Research Institute

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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


A Research Fellow at the Sustainability Research Institute, Ajay was previously a Research Officer at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently involved with the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy ( and the UMFULA project under the Future Climate For Africa programme (

He is an Earth System Governance Research Fellow and an Erasmus Mundus Master’s Scholarship awardee from the European Commission. He has received the Jawaharlal Nehru Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award (2015) from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, for his PhD research titled ‘Prioritization and evaluation of climate change adaptation options for the water sector’.

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Ajay has a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, a Masters in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (a European Commission Programme), a Masters in Environmental Sciences from the University of Pune, India, and a Bachelors in Environmental Sciences from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.

Research Interests

  • Water resources
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Decision making under uncertainty
  • Green Urban Infrastructure

Ajay has a strong interdisciplinary focus and is interested in developing and applying more holistic scientific approaches which span the natural and social sciences. He has over 7 years of climate change adaptation research experience in India, apart from earlier research experience in solid waste management and corporate social responsibility.

Project outline

CCCEP research project in the Cauvery River Basin in Karnataka, India: This research involves the application of qualitative and quantitative robust decision making approaches to assess the robustness of climate change adaptation options and adaptation pathways across a range of future climatic and socio-economic conditions. While the qualitative research includes stakeholder engagement and development of climatic and socio-economic narratives, quantitative research involves water resources modelling using the Water Evaluation And Planning model.

UMFULA project research in the Shire River Basin, Malawi: This research focuses on water resources planning and decision making in the basin, identifying key climate change adaptation requirements, and assessing robustness of stakeholder-identified adaptation options under conditions of deep uncertainty in future climate change and socio-economic change.


Bhave, A. G., Mishra, A., Groot, A. (2013) Sub-basin scale characterization of climate change vulnerability, impacts and adaptation in an Indian River basin, Reg. Environ. Chang, 13:1087-1098.

Bhave, A. G., Mishra, A., Raghuwanshi, N.S. (2013) A combined bottom-up and top-down approach for assessment of climate change adaptation options, J. of Hydrol, 518(A): 150-161.

Bhadwal, S. et al. (2013) Adaptation to changing water resource availability in northern India with respect to Himalayan glacier retreat and changing monsoons using participatory approaches, Sci. of the Tot. Environ., 468-469: S152-S161.

Bhave, A. G., Mishra, A., Raghuwanshi, N.S. (2014), Evaluation of hydrological effect of stakeholder prioritized climate change adaptation options based on multi-model regional climate projections, Clim. Chang., 123: 225-239.

Bhave, A. G., Mishra, A., Raghuwanshi, N.S. (2014) A brief review of assessment approaches which support evaluation of climate change adaptation options in the water sector, Water Pol., 16 (5), 959-972.

Mittal, N., Mishra, A., Singh, R., Bhave, A. G., van der Valk, M. (2014) Flow regime alteration due to anthropogenic and climatic changes, Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology, 14(3): 182-191.

Demuzere, M. et al. (2014) Mitigating and adapting to climate change: Multi-functional and multi-scale assessment of green urban infrastructure. J. of Environ. Manag. 146: 107-115.

Mittal, N., Bhave, A. G., Mishra, A., Singh, R. (2015) Impact of dam and climate change on natural flow regime, Water Resour. Manag., 30(2): 685-699.

Bhave, A. G., Mittal, N., Mishra, A., Raghuwanshi, N.S. (2016) Integrated assessment of no-regret climate change adaptation options for reservoir catchment and command areas, Water Resour. Manag. 30(3): 1001 - 1018.

Bhave, A. G., Conway, D., Dessai, S., Stainforth, D. (2016) Climate change adaptation in the developing world: Barriers and opportunities for robust decision making approaches, Clim. Risk Manag.