deepak rajagopal

Deepak Rajagopal

Associate Professor; Director, Leadership in Sustainability Certificate Program

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

(310) 794-4903

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


Deepak Rajagopal is a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability where he conducts research on life cycle assessment, agricultural economics and policy, and climate policy. Interests include energy markets and policy, impact assessment of climate change and climate policies, energy systems, and the economics of food and agriculture. He is also the Director of the Leadership in Sustainability Certificate Program at UCLA. 

Dr. Rajagopal received his Ph.D in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, where he was a researcher at the Energy Biosciences Institute. He holds a M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park. He earned a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 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

Undergraduate Mentoring

Personal blog: Watt’s green?