deepak rajagopal

Deepak Rajagopal

Associate Professor

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

(310) 794-4903

La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567


Research Interests

Lifecycle assessment, Energy Economics and Policy, Agricultural Economics and Policy, Climate Policy


  • Ph.D., Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

Ongoing research

  1. Electric vehicles in ride-sourcing applications, public buses and heavy-duty trucks with a focus on developing countries
  2. Life cycle assessment
  3. Economics of Biofuels

Open research positions

Positions for graduate students interested in electric vehicles research.


Environment 159: Life Cycle Analysis and Tools for Sustainability Assessment

Environment 157: Energy, Environment and Development

Environment 180: Senior Practicum

Recent blog posts

Personal blog: Watt’s green?



using life cycle analysis to increase restaurant sustainability

Using life cycle analysis to increase restaurant sustainability

In today’s fast-paced world, restaurants — and delivery via convenient smartphone applications — offer convenient alternatives to cooking at home. They also generate a lot of waste.  Restaurants must meet demand and generate profit to succeed, but sustainability increasingly factors into the equation. For many establishments, sustainable practices represent an extra, unnecessary cost. However, as...

supply chain: 2018-2019 focus

Supply Chain: 2018-2019 Focus

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Corporate Partners Program will focus on the supply chain. The program will explore recent trends and developments in increasing sustainability throughout the supply chain.  The kickoff event for this year’s CPP program took place on October 2. Panelists at the event included Chuck Gatchell (VP/GM of Olympics and Athletes...

increasing the beneficial use of organic waste in california

Increasing the Beneficial use of Organic Waste in California

Background California’s dairy industry has a long and rich history.  It stands today as the largest dairy state with some of the most unique laws and regulations in the country. Our project aims to provide more clear information on sustainable dairy farm processes, advocacy and policy. Policy, climate, culture and size all contribute to the...


A step towards a general mathematical framework for Consequential Life Cycle Assessment

D. Rajagopal

Published Work | 2017 | Journal of Industrial Ecology

On mitigating emissions leakage under biofuel policies

D. Rajagopal

Published Work | 2016 | Gcb Bioenergy

Enabling energy conservation through effective decision aids

S. Z. Attari and D. Rajagopal

Published Work | 2015 | Journal of Sustainability Education

Quantifying the causes of the global food commodity price crisis

G. Hochman, D. Rajagopal, G. Timilsina and D. Zilberman

Published Work | 2014 | Biomass and Bioenergy

Consequential life cycle assessment of policy vulnerability to price effects

D. Rajagopal

Published Work | 2014 | Journal of Industrial Ecology

Multi-criteria comparison of alternative fuel policies: Renewable fuel standards, clean fuel standards and fuel GHG tax

D. Rajagopal, R. Plevin, G. Hochman, and D. Zilberman

Published Work | 2011 | Journal of Regulatory Economics