Swati Ganeshan

Swati Ganeshan

Honorary Adjunct Fellow

Areas of Research

  • Geopolitics and governance of natural resources
  • Energy, environment and climate (Policy, Governance and Global politics),
  • Blue economy and Sustainable Development
  • SDG implementation in India


Swati Ganeshan has over 12 and half years of research experience and 3 years of media experience. She was Fellow and Area Convener, Centre for Resource Efficiency & Governance, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi. Her research is largely focused on policy analysis and geopolitical issues in the field of energy, climate, oceans and SDGs.

She has led and contributed to research on Blue economy in AsiaPacific, Blue economy and sustainable development issues, regional energy cooperation, carbon neutral strategy roadmap for Indian States, role of energy in European Union (EU) and emerging power relations (emerging 5), assessing energy risks across fuels, coal and nuclear energy, hydro politics in GBM basin, critical non-fuel minerals for India’s strategic interests, and global and regional energy security cooperation, among others. She has led and been part of projects supported by Asian Development Bank, AETS France, UNESCAP, GIZ, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, EU, DFID and Volkswagen Foundation, among others.
She successfully led and managed several programmes and initiatives at TERI. She was network manager of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) South Asia Secretariat hosted by TERI. She coordinated TERI-ITEC capacity building programmes for international participants supported by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and has several publications to her credit.

Swati is also a member of South Asia Women in Energy network (SAWIE).


  • MA in International Studies (Security Studies), University of Birmingham, UK, 2007-2008 (Core subjects- Security Studies, Diplomacy and Statecraft, International Peacekeeping)
  • MA in Mass Communication, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi, 2004-2006
  • BA (Hons) Journalism, Delhi University, 2001- 2004


  • Paper presentation in International Seminar, “BIMSTEC: Constructing new pathways in the context of Rising Asia”, 11-12 February 2020, Pondicherry University,
  • Representing TERI at T20 conference(for G20) 18-21 January 2020, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Workshop onEurope, Emerging Powers and the Future of Multilateralism”, 23 – 28 November 2019, Cadenabbia (Italy) & Brussels
  • Panelist, Energy Security Dialogue organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), 17th October 2019, Delhi
  • India’s Energy Diplomacy- Accessing Minerals Resources for achieving Clean Energy Goals , “INDIA’S GLOBAL SEARCH FOR ENERGY: AFRICA IN FOCUS” Jawaharlal Nehru University and African Studies Association, 22nd February 2019, Delhi
  • Panelist, India’s energy security- From Conventional to non-conventional fuels, National Conference on India’s Energy Security: Challenges and Opportunities, 7th December 2018, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi
  • Panelist, Criticality of non-ferrous metals industry, Non-Ferrous Minerals Conference,27th February 2018, FICCI, Delhi
  • Panelist, TERI-KAS Resource Dialogue on Marine Resources-Sustainable Development through Geopolitics and Trade, 28 Feb-2 March 2018, Chennai
  • Panelist, TERI-KAS Resource dialogue on Water security in Times of Climate Change- geopolitical challenges , March 18-20, 2017, Goa
  • Panelist Establishing the Research Platform for Energy Cooperation and Governance in Asia”, December 7th, 2016, Beijing, China
  • Paper presentation, TERI-KAS Resource dialogue on Resource security: contextualizing domestic interests in the global trade and investment framework , October 24-26th 2016, New Delhi
  • Speaker in Business Session I: Strategies to augment nuclear power growth” in the Conference “Nuclear Power in India- Indigenization and viability organized by ASSOCHAM, 2016, New Delhi
  • Presentation on Biosecurity & Bioresources for Roundtable on “Malicious threats to natural resources and environment and the technologies to deal with them” supported by TIFAC, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, July 22, 2016, New Delhi
  • Speaker in Plenary Session III, South- South Cooperation, Trade and Investment dynamic, Conference on South-South Cooperation organized by Research and Information Systems (RIS), 11 March 2016, Delhi
  • Plenary Address on Non-ferrous metals and geopolitics and environmental concerns, 2nd Non-Ferro India Summit- Sustainable Growth Exploration organized by Indian Chambers of Commerce(ICC), Kolkata, 5th January 2016, New Delhi
  • Speaker in the TERI-KAS Conference on TERI-KAS Conference On Accessing resources from global market: Geo-political challenges and strategies supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) 16-17 September, 2015, New Delhi
  • Lecture session on Resources and Conflicts-Focus on energy and minerals (Geopolitics to Local Concerns), TERI-ITEC programme on Resource security held in March 2015, New Delhi
  • Coordination and paper presentation (Energy governance in EU-India Relations) in Conference on EU-India: Understanding the challenges and opportunities for energy cooperation 4th September 2013, New Delhi
  • Coordination and participation in Roundtable on “Learning from emerging energy innovations in Asia with a focus on energy access and clean energy: Contributing to the discourse on an institutional framework for sustainable development”, 31st January 2012, TERI, New Delhi
  • Participated in workshop on, “Making Minerals Development work for the people: Institutions, policies and coordination”, Dec 2 2011, TERI, New Delhi
  • Paper presented on “Indian climate change/energy security nexus in multilateral negotiations”, November 25 2011, Durban, South Africa
  • Presented in Internal Policy Seminar on “India in Africa: Forging stronger ties, trade and beyond”, 28 July 2011, TERI, New Delhi
  • Presentation on “Water Security issues in India”, Working Seminar on Politics of Security In India, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, 4-6 May 2011, Oslo, Norway
  • Lecture session on “Climate change and Conflicts” for TERI-ITEC programme on Climate Change and Sustainability for mid and senior level professional from various developing nations Oct 2009, 2010 and 2011, New Delhi
  • Co-coordination and participation in 5th TERI-KAS conference, “Energy Security: managing risks, balancing concerns and developing frameworks”, 24-26th October 2010, New Delhi.

All Publications

Nanda N and Ganeshan S (eds). 2017. India’s Resource Security: Trade, Geopolitics and Efficiency Dimensions. New Delhi: TERI

  • Ganeshan. S, Juneja. M , De Souza. C, Giriyan. A (2021), “Ensuring sustainability of oceans for a healthy economy- securing livelihoods, preserving biodiversity and addressing socio-economic challenges, Working Paper 1, October 2020 https://www.teriin.org/sites/default/files/2021-05/wp1-ensuring-sustainability-ocean-healthy-economy.pdf
  • Giriyan. A, De Souza. C, Juneja. M , Ganeshan.S (2021), “Steering Ahead – Leveraging Science, Technology and Innovation in Blue Economy”, Working Paper –II, February 2021 https://www.teriin.org/sites/default/files/2021-05/wp2-STI-Blue-economy-India.pdf
  • Juneja. M, Ganeshan. S, Giriyan. A, De Souza. C (March 2021), Contextualizing Blue Economy in Asia-Pacific Region Exploring Pathways for a Regional Cooperation Framework, Policy Brief, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS Asia Pacific) https://www.kas.de/en/web/recap/single-title/-/content/contextualising-blue-economy-in-asia-pacific-region-1
  • Sinha. R and Ganeshan. S (Oct 2020), The need for re-strategising climate policies in the new-normal scenario”, Research article, TERI https://www.teriin.org/article/need-re-strategising-climate-policies-new-normal-scenario
  • Kedia, Shailly, Swati Ganeshan and Pooja Sehbag (2020), Securitization of Climate Change: Issues for Global and National Security, New Delhi: The Energy and Resources Institute and Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung.
  • Ganeshan. S ( June 2020), Commentary “Going Digital in Global Politics: Conducting International Relations in the Digital Space”, Kalinga International Foundation. http://www.kalingainternational.com/ms_swati_ganeshan.html
  • Kedia, S., S. Ganeshan and M. Anand (2020), Article, “Towards 2030 Goals: Making the Decade Count”, TERRAGREEN, 12(11): 24-29.
  • Ganeshan. S, Juneja . M, (Feb 2020), Article, “Keeping oceans healthy to keep the blue economy running”. Available on https://www.teriin.org/article/keeping-oceans-healthy-keep-blue-economy-running
  • Ganeshan. S (August 2019), Blog, “Time for a strategy on ocean development and Indian maritime security” Available on https://www.teriin.org/blog/time-strategy-ocean-development-and-indian-maritime-security
  • Ganeshan. S (2019) Book Review, “Natural Resource Conflicts and Sustainable Development”, Journal of Energy, Resources and Development, TERI
  • Ganeshan. S (2018), Understanding the Relevance of Strategic and Critical Minerals for ‘Make in India’ Initiative, Conference Paper, India Mining Summit- Mine in India to Make in India, Assocham, Delhi
  • Kumar. V, Ganeshan. S (June 2017)- Why we need a New Mineral Exploration Policy for National Mineral Security, (English and Hindi Version), TERI Discussion Paper
  • Nanda. N, Ganeshan. S (October 2016), “Mining in India- Augmenting Investment”, Conference paper- India Mining Summit 2016- Augmenting Investment, New Delhi.
  • Ganeshan. S, (September 2016), “Nuclear Energy in India’s geopolitics- challenges and future prospects”, Conference papers- Nuclear power in India organized by ASSOCHAM, New Delhi.
  • Kumar. V, Ganeshan. S (September 2015)- Moving forward with world class mineral policy for national mineral security, (Abridged version), Indian Mining Summit- emerging policy environment, The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India(ASSOCHAM)
  • Kumar. V, Ganeshan. S (June 2015)- Moving forward with world class mineral policy for national mineral security, (English and Hindi Version), TERI Discussion Paper
  • Ganeshan. S et al (2013) Regional cooperation for energy access and energy security in south and South-west Asia: Prospects and Challenges, Development Paper 1302, UNESCAP
  • Ganeshan. S ( June 2012), “Governance of Mining in India: Responding to policy deficits”, TERI Policy Brief
  • Ganeshan. S (2012), “India in Africa: Strengthening energy ties and striding towards an energy partnership”, KAS International Reports
  • Noronha. L, Ganeshan. S, Mahajan. D (2012), “Fossil Fuel Producers, Climate Change and the Decarbonizing Debate”, CISS, Lowly Institute, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Ganeshan S,( January 2011), “Perspectives on Climate and Conflict”, AEI Newsletter, Issue 10
  • Ganeshan. Swati, Arpita Khanna (December 2010), “Critical non-fuel minerals security: Why India urgently needs to have a policy in place” TERI- Policy Brief ,TERI publication
  • Ganeshan S, Khanna A(March 2010), “Non-fuel Minerals and their relevance for India”, GALT Update, Volume 4, Issue 2, TERI
  • Ganeshan. S, et.al, 2009 “Climate change induced migration and its security implications for India’s neighbourhood”, TERI discussion paper prepared for the 15th COP, UNFCCC, Copenhagen, Denmark supported by DFID
  • “Charting the Role of United Nations in India’s war on terror”, Paper no 2992 ,South Asia Analysis Group, 2008
  • “The death of Zarqawi and the unanswered questions”, Contemporary news and features, (Terrorism),Vol. 01, No.51, 2006
  • “Armed Forces and Conflicts: Understanding and Reporting them”, Contemporary news and features, (National Media), Vol 01, No.35, 2006
  • “Concentration in ownership of Media: A bottleneck”, Contemporary news and features, (National Media), Vol 01, No.36, 2006
  • “For a Comprehensive Understanding of the Dynamics of South Asia” Book review, Mainstream, Vol XLIII, No. 18, 2005
  • Ganeshan. S and D’Souza. F (2020), “G20’s Role In Marine Biodiversity—Policy Options And Best Practices For Enhancing Marine Protected Areas (MPA), TF2: Climate Change and Environment, T 20 Policy Brief Saudi Arabia.
  • Ganeshan. S, (2020) BIMSTECBlue economy and Sustainable Development Framework, Chapter (under publication with Routledge), Maritime Studies Centre, Pondicherry university
  • Ganeshan. S (2017), Renewable Energy and Critical Minerals: Access to Resources in Asia’s Energy Paradigm in Asian Strategic Review 2017: Energy Security in Times of Uncertainty, Ed: Jayant Prasad and Shebonti Ray Dadwal, Pentagon Press, Delhi.
  • Nanda N and Ganeshan S (eds). 2017. India’s Resource Security: Trade, Geopolitics and Efficiency Dimensions. Chapter 9- Strategic and Critical Minerals- An geopolitical analysis for Energy, Defense and ICT sectors, New Delhi: TERI
  • Joshi. M, Ganeshan. S (2015), EU-India energy relations-Towards closer cooperation? Challenges of European External Energy Governance with Emerging Powers. Edited by Michèle Knodt and Nadine Piefer, Ashgate Publications, United Kingdom
  • Ganeshan, S. (2012), ‘India’s nuclear energy architecture – global actions and local responses’, J. Nuclear Law, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp.259–275.
  • Ganeshan. S. (2011) Ed by IGD, “ Indian Climate Change/Energy Security Nexus in Multilateral Negotiations”, The Global South and the International Politics of Climate Change, Proceedings Report of the International Workshop: Negotiating Africa and the Global South’s Interests on Climate Change, Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa
  • Ganeshan. S, Bhattacharjya. S (2011) “Current Oil Price Volatility and a look into the future”, Journal of Commodity Vision, Volume 5, Issue 2, Oct-Dec 2011
  • Ganeshan S, Sharma. D, (2011)”Before, Below and Beyond Energy: Contextualising the India-Africa Partnership”, Occasional Paper series, South African Institute of International Affairs, South Africa
  • Bhattacharjya, S., and S Ganeshan (2010), ‘Iron ore and steel sector in India: Overview and implications of current discourse and debate’, Journal of Commodity Vision. Volume 4, Issue 2, September 2010