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T.S. Gopi Rethinaraj

T.S. Gopi Rethinaraj

Adjunct Associate Professor

T.S. Gopi Rethinaraj
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T.S. Gopi Rethinaraj is the Academic Head and Chair of the interdisciplinary PhD Programme of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru and a faculty member at the School of Natural Sciences and Engineering, NIAS. Dr. Rethinaraj’s research and teaching interests include science and technology policy, global energy statistics and modeling, civilian and military uses of nuclear energy, public policy analysis, and science communication. Before joining NIAS, he was a faculty member at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore from 2005 to 2014. Dr. Rethinaraj received his PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois, USA) in 2005, and a master’s degree in physics from Bharathidasan University in 1995. He was a research associate at the Illinois Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security (ACDIS) from 1999 to 2005, and worked as a science correspondent for the Indian Express in Mumbai from 1995 to 1999. He was a visiting fellow at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Chicago (Spring 1999),  American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington D.C. (Summer 2006), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Summer 2009), and has developed and taught several technology policy courses at the public policy schools of NUS, University of Tokyo, Azim Premji University, and Nazarbayev University for public policy researchers and senior and midcareer government officials of various countries in the Asia-Pacific region since 2005.

T.S. Gopi Rethinaraj - CV


Articles and Book Chapters

  • India’s Nuclear Weaponisation: Warheads, Delivery Systems, and Doctrinal Compatibility in “India’s Military Modernisation” Edited by Rajesh Basu and Bharath Gopalaswamy. Oxford University Press. 2015. pp 67-88.
  • How China’s Options Will Determine Global Warming (with Clifford Singer and Timothy Milligan). Challenges Vol. 5, pp. 1-25. 2014
  • Fukushima and Thereafter: Reassessment of Risks of Nuclear Power (with T.N. Srinivasan). Energy Policy. January 2013
  • Nuclear power and the environment: Risk vs. Perception. Book Chapter, Nuclear Power and Energy Security in Asia, Routledge, June 2012
  • Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT): Revisiting Indian and Pakistani Options, Swords and Plough Shares, Fall 2010
  • Probability distributions for carbon emissions and atmospheric response, Climatic Change, Vol: 88, No. 3-4, 2008 (with Clifford Singer et al)
  • China’s energy and regional security perspectives, Defense and Security Analysis, December 2003
  • Threats and perception of nuclear war in South Asia, Swords and Plough Shares, Summer 2002
  • In the comfort of secrecy, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, November/December 1999
  • Bang or whimper? Reconsidering India’s nuclear capabilities, Jane’s intelligence Review, December 2009
  • US-India nuclear deal: regional security implications for Asia, Jane’s Intelligence Review, January 2007
  • Asia looks to nuclear power for energy security, Jane’s Intelligence Review, November 2003
  • Nuclear diplomacy returns to South Asian security agenda, Jane’s Intelligence Review, May 2002
  • Energy Wars: Past, Present and Future, Jane’s Intelligence Review, June 2001 (with Clifford Singer)
  • Going Global: India aims for a credible nuclear doctrine, Jane’s Intelligence Review, February 2001 (with Clifford Singer)
  • Indian blasts surprise the world, but leaves fresh doubts, Jane’s Intelligence Review, July 1998
  • Tritium breakthrough brings India closer to H-bomb arsenal, Jane’s Intelligence Review, January 1998

Books, Monographs, and Special Reports

  • Rethinaraj, T.S. Gopi and Singer, Clifford E., Historical Energy Statistics: Global, Regional, and National Trends Since Industrialization, Energy and Resource Economics Series, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company (Book Manuscript Contract)
  • Rethinaraj, T.S. Gopi. Modeling Global and Regional Energy Futures. ACDIS Research Report series, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, November 2005
  • Rethinaraj, T.S. Gopi and Moorty, D.N., South Asia’s Nuclear Politics, London: Jane’s Information Group, 1998

Working Papers

  • Kudankulam in Fukushima Context: Analysis of the Engineering Safety System ofRussian-Supplied VVERs for India (with Abhilash Nair)
  • India’s Nuclear Energy Development: A Reassessment (with T.N. Srinivasan)

Newspaper/Newsmagazine Articles

  • Solar Power and Energy Security. Pragati: The Indian National Interest Review,November 2013 (with Mukul Asher and Murali Ramakrishnan)
  • Winds of Change.Pragati: The Indian National Interest Review, September 2013 (withMukul Asher)
  • Security India’s Electricity Supply. Pragati: The Indian National Interest Review, May2012 (with Karthik Ganesan)
  • How Fukushima is relevant to Kudankulam, The Hindu, March 8, 2012 (with T.N.Srinivasan and Surya Sethi)
  • Options in Sri Lanka, Pragati: The Indian National Interest Review, April 2008
  • In defence of the deal, Pragati: The Indian National Interest Review, September 2007
  • Indo-US Nuclear Deal and Southeast Asia, The Straits Times, October 2007
  • Several news reports and analysis for The Indian Express and Reuters from 1995-1999
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