I started my career as a journalist working for The Times of India before launching into the deep end of sustainable development at the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. I joined CSE as a young animal lover, concerned mainly with preserving the environment for wildlife. I left this University of Hard Knocks ten years later with my naive idealism bruised, battered and reshaped. At the forefront of the war between sustainability and development, I learnt, saving cuddly animals can be viewed as a relatively heartless pursuit. There are people who are worse off.
I have since worked with many of the best global institutions in the business of sustainable development, including the United Nations Environment Programme and Oxfam GB in Oxford. I have worked as a consultant for others, including the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Development Programme, Oxford University Centre for the Environment and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
I currently head the Policy Analysis and Publications Unit of the European Capacity Building Initiative, am a Visiting Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development and work as a consultant for the International Institute of Sustainable Development’s Reporting Services.
In addition to a number of papers and articles, I have co-authored Slow Murder: The deadly story of vehicular pollution in India, and co-edited two books on global environmental governance – Green Politics and Poles Apart. My work is focused on seeking equitable solutions that balance environment and development concerns.
Select List of Publications
Sharma, A., Müller, B. & Roy, P. (2014). Consolidation and Devolution of Climate Finance: The Case of India. European Capacity Building Initiative
Sharma, A., Bhatt, S. & Kalisch, A. (2014). From Pebbles in a Small Pond, to Ripples of Change: Scaling up Adaptation in Rural India. Southasiadisasters.net
Müller, B., Pfizer, W., de Connick, S., Morrow, D., de la Rosa, G.S., Sharma, A. & Hesse, C. (2014). Devolved Access Modalities: Lessons for the Green Climate Fund from existing practices. European Capacity Building Initiative
Sharma, A. and Phartiyal, P. (2013). Scaling up adaptation in India. An internal discussion document for GIZ India
Sharma, A. Vulnerable India: Empowering the poor to Deal with Climate Change. Working Paper. Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi
Osafo, S., Sharma, A. and Abeysinghe, A.C. (2012). Durban Platform for Enhanced Action: An African Perspective. European Capacity Building Initiative, Oxford
Sharma, A. (2010). Grand plans, poor delivery. Climate and Development. Vol. 2 Issue 4
Sharma, A (2010). Renegotiating the Role of Civil Society in the Governance of Climate Finance. Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Müller, B., Sharma, A, et al (2010). The Reformed Financial Mechanism Of the UNFCCC Part II: The Question of Oversight. Post Copenhagen Synthesis Report. Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Pettengell, C., Sharma, A., and Bailey, R. (2009). Beyond Aid: Ensuring Adaptation to Climate Change works for the Poor. Oxfam GB
Sharma, A (2009). Planning to deliver: Making the Rio Conventions more effective on the ground. GTZ
Sharma, A (2009). Making a difference on the ground: A synthesis of outcomes, good practices, lessons learned, and future challenges and opportunities. Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Sharma, A (2007). Assessing, predicting and managing current and future variability and extreme events, and implications for sustainable development. Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate change, Bonn
Müller, B. and Sharma, A. (2005). Trade Tactic could unlock climate negotiations. SciDev.net
Müller, B., Drexhage, J., Grubb, M., Michaelowa, A., and Sharma, A. (2003). Framing Future Commitments: A Pilot Study on the Evolution of the UNFCCC Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Regime. Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Sharma, A. (2003). Rough Weather Relationships: Rich and poor countries need to start taking climate change seriously. New Economy. Institute for Public Policy Research
Agarwal, A., Narian, S. and Sharma, A. (2002). “The Global Commons and Environmental Justice,” in Byrne, J., Glover, L., and Martinez, C. (eds). Environmental Justice: Discourses In International Political Economy, New Brunswick, N.J. Transaction
Agarwal, A., Narain, S., Sharma, A., and Imchen, A (eds) (2001). Poles Apart: Global Environmental Negotiations -2. Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi
Agarwal, A., Narain, S., Sharma, A. (eds) (1999). Green Politics: Global Environmental Negotiations -1. Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi
Sharma, A., and Roychowdhury, A (1997). Slow Murder: The deadly story of vehicular pollution in India. Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi
Contributed to Agarwal, A., Narain, S., and Sen., S (1997). The Citizen’s Fifth Report on the State of India’s Environment. Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi
Contributed to Agarwal, A. and Narain, S (1997). Dying Wisdom: Rise, fall and potential of India’s water harvesting systems. Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi