Mr Ramit Debnath (2018)
have a dual major in Electrical and Electronic engineering followed by a Master of Technology in Technology and Development from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in India. During this phase, I worked on indoor air quality improvements of rural households that use solid fuel for cooking through design-based interventions. It was a mixed-method approach that involved ethnographic surveys of rural occupants along with airflow and energy modelling of the surveyed kitchens. Following this degree, I worked as a researcher at the Centre for Urban Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay and at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Stanford University. Here, I could expand my previous methodology to an urban scale which later defined my research statement for my current PhD. Soon after this experience, I began my MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the Department of Engineering, Cambridge University as a Commonwealth Scholar. In my MPhil research, I worked on the sustainable development of slum rehabilitation housing in Mumbai through behaviour and building performance analysis route. This research was built on the biological concept of ‘homeostasis’, and it was the first time that this concept was expanded for sustainability planning of such low-income settlement. Currently, I am working on establishing the theory of homeostasis in low-income urban planning by the investigation of occupant’s behaviour in their built environment. It also involves a mixed-method approach that uses intensive field survey along with quantitative methods like environmental modelling and higher-order statistical analysis. The prestigious Gates-Cambridge Trust funds my PhD and I also hold an honorary scholarship from Trinity College, Cambridge.