Isha Ray is Assistant Professor at the Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley. She has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University. Before joining the ERG faculty, she was an analyst on farm economics and institutions at the Turkey office of the International Water Management Institute, and then a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow at UCB’s Geography Department.
Professor Ray’s research interests are water and development; technology and development; common property resources; and social science research methods. Her international research projects focus on access to water and sanitation for the rural and urban poor, and on the role of technology in improving livelihoods. Her research in California is focused on methods to elicit public perceptions of energy and climate change policies. She teaches courses on research methods in the social sciences, water and development, and technology and development.
In addition to research and teaching, she has extensive past and ongoing experience in the non-profit sector on international development- and freshwater-related issues.