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Lydia Powell

Head, Centre for Resources Management, Observer Research Foundation

Lydia Powell is the head of the Observer Research Foundation’s Centre for Resources Management. Her academic research focuses on policy relating to energy and climate change. Her current interests also include energy poverty, energy security and resource-based conflict.

Ms. Powell also edits the ORF Energy News Monitor and is a frequent contributor of articles on energy policy, pricing and regulation.

Before joining ORF, Ms. Powell worked for Norsk Hydro ASA, in Norway. She also worked as a research assistant in Norwegian School of Management BI, where she was involved in research on the competitiveness of Canada’s heavy oil industry.

Ms. Powell earned two post-graduate degrees at the Norwegian School of Management and a degree in physics at the Cochin University of Science & Technology, India.

Articles by Lydia Powell

India’s National ID: Entitlement to a Number

Will a new national ID actually fix any of India’s problems?

January 13, 2014

India: Combating Poverty With Technology?

Can tech-based solutions, like a new national identity card system, really fix India's poverty challenges?

January 13, 2014

Women and Energy in India

As long as there is a surplus of illiterate poor women, why would millions of poor households in India switch from using firewood and animal dung for fuel?

January 9, 2013

Is India’s Economic Growth Sustainable?

Do traditional measures of economic growth and progress emperil the sustainable use of our natural resources?

September 13, 2012

India’s Modern Economic History: A Brief Review

Has India pursued policies of economic growth without adequately ensuring the gains are fairly shared?

September 3, 2012