Jyotsna Ram is a first year PhD student and an Urban Futures scholar at Oxford Brookes University. Her research is investigating the socio-environmental impacts of consumption in affluent cities, and is concerned specifically with how such cities can transition to more sustainable futures. Her main research interest is, thus, sustainable consumption, and her wider research interests are related to sustainability, cities, and urban planning. She is supervised by Dr Tim Marshall and Elizabeth Wilson.
Previous to the PhD, Jyotsna worked for two years at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), which was the UK government's watchdog (1999 – 2011) on design quality in the built environment. Through her employment at CABE she gained a first hand understanding of how the UK government functions, as well as the many challenges faced by the built environment industry. Her second year of employment was part time while she studied full time for the MSc in International Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. In her masters, Jyotsna specialised in sustainable development. She graduated with a distinction.
Jyotsna has an international background. She grew up in India and has lived or spent significant time in six major cities: Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Johannesburg, New York City, and London, where she currently lives. She credits her passion for sustainability and urban environments to her experience in these complex and diverse cities.
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