Dr Vigya Sharma

Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
Sustainable Minerals Institute


Research Interests

  • Social and institutional dynamics underlying India's energy transitions
  • Honours thesis projects on energy transitions and community energy and climate action in Australia
    We are looking for a suitable Hons student to work in these topic areas. 1. Energy transitions within Queensland's utility sector The Queensland Government has set a target to have 50% of Queensland’s energy generation to come from renewable sources by 2030. This research project will review Queensland’s energy and utilities sector planning for clean energy transitions and examine how well these plans align with the targets of the State government. 2. Mapping energy and climate action across Australian communities Although Australia is a leader in solar renewables, it is lagging in mid-scale and community-led renewables. This research project will provide an overview of community-led renewable energy projects across Australia in terms of main models and mechanisms, explore main drivers and barriers at the local and regional level, and evaluate the short- and long-term impact. Based on the findings, the project will provide insights for the development of community energy in the Greater Brisbane area.


  • PhD, The University of Adelaide
  • Master of Science, Royal Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Technology, Kurukshetra University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Herington, Matthew, Malakar, Yuwan and Sharma, Vigya (2019). A hindu philosophy perspective on the temporal nature of energy justice in Odisha, India. Energy Justice Across Borders. (pp. 177-194) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-24021-9_9

  • Sharma, Vigya (2017). Mining and climate change: current linkages and challenges for the future. Mining in the Asia-Pacific: Risks, Challenges and Opportunities. (pp. 301-320) edited by Terry O’Callaghan and Geordan Graetz. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-61395-6_18

  • Sharma, Vigya (2016). Human security for Mongolian herders: evolving risks and opportunities. Understanding the many faces of human security: perspectives of northern Indigenous peoples. (pp. 230-250) edited by Kamrul Hossain and Anna Petrétei. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Nijhoff. doi: 10.1163/9789004314399_015

  • Smith, Timothy F., Choy, Darryl Low, Thomsen, Dana C., Serrao-Neumann, Silvia, Crick, Florence, Sano, Marcello, Richards, Russell, Harman, Ben, Baum, Scott, Myers, Stephen, Sharma, Vigya, Bussey, Marcus, Matthews, Julie, Roiko, Anne and Carter, R. W. (2014). Adapting Australian coastal regions to climate change: a case study of South East Queensland. Climate change and the coast: building resilient communities. (pp. 269-284) edited by Bruce C. Glavovic, Mick Kelly, Robert Kay and Ailbhe Travers. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b18053

  • Sharma, Vigya and Sarker, Tapan (2013). Sustainable resource development in Asia: challenges and opportunities. The Asian Century, Sustainable Growth and Climate Change. (pp. 225-252) edited by Moazzem Hossain, Tapan Sarker and Malcolm McIntosh. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781781005750

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor