Sandeep Pai

Sandeep is an award-winning journalist, Liu Scholar, and PhD student of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability. His research interests include the intersection of energy, the environment, and development, especially in developing countries. He is also interested in the role that both social and traditional media play in highlighting and framing issues related to energy, the environment, and development. Sandeep is a recipient of the prestigious Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship, which is granted to international students who show outstanding leadership in humanitarian and development work in their home country. He is also the co-author of a forthcoming book about the social implications of a much-needed global transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

In 2016, Sandeep won the Ramnath Goenka Award for investigative reporting, which is India’s most prestigious journalism award. He received this award for his series of stories exposing how top Indian politicians, including federal ministers and Members of Parliament, were exploiting government-owned public-sector companies (PSCs) for personal gain. The politicians were writing letters to the Chairmen of PSCs seeking funds for NGOs, newspapers, and organizations with which they were directly or indirectly associated. The series was based on documents accessed under India’s freedom of information law, the Right to Information Act. Sandeep is a specialist in the use of freedom of information legislation across various jurisdictions, and has conducted training for editors and reporters over the years. He is currently interested in exploring the use of freedom of information applications as a data collection tool in academia.

Professionally, Sandeep worked as a journalist for several years in India, writing for national and international newspapers and magazines such as Hindustan Times, Daily News and Analysis, and Nikkei Asian Review. Following his journalism career, Sandeep completed the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Master of Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management, taught at Central European University, Hungary, the University of the Aegean, Greece, the University of Manchester, UK, and Lund University, Sweden. He also holds a Bachelor in Engineering from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, India, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Print Journalism from the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media.

Email: sandeep@mespom.eu

Twitter: @paisandy