Ishan Banerjee is a master’s student at the Harris School of Public Policy. He is pursuing the advanced degree after spending the last two years as a research assistant at the India Development Foundation in Gurugram, India, where he assisted on a number of India-focused economic research papers. His work ‘Mapping patenting in India and China’ was presented at ‘India’s innovation landscape and intellectual property rights’, a conference organized by the foundation. Ishan worked with EPIC Postdoctoral Scholar Tamma Carleton on a project that uses satellite data of water availability at a global scale to investigate how trading patterns of water-intensive crops and agriculture policy affects freshwater depletion.

“I have always wanted to work on the economics of water and climate change, and the use of satellite data makes this research even more compelling,” Banerjee said. “This fellowship is an opportunity to build on my quantitative analytical skills and work towards better agriculture and water policy.”