Kanika Balani is a PhD researcher at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. Her research focuses on business models for energy efficiency measures in Indian sugar industry. She is particularly interested to explore how business models have co-evolved around technology, institutions, ecosystem and user practices in different regional contexts within India.
In the past, Kanika has worked as a policy researcher with think tanks in India on issues concerning the governance of electricity distribution, and closely engaged with the public distribution utilities in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Tamil Nadu. She has extensively focused on studying the data managed by utilities on consumers’ energy bills and identifying discrepancies in the billing systems, understanding reasons for utilities’ high financial losses and strategising measures to reduce their losses. Her research also focused on consumer protection through improved transparency and information disclosure in consumers’ bills.
Kanika holds a Master’s degree in Regulatory Governance from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a Bachelor in Political Science from the University of Delhi.