Deepak Rajagopal

Associate Professor; Director, Leadership in Sustainability Certificate Program

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

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

(310) 794-4903

Deepak Rajagopal is a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability where he conducts research on life cycle assessment, industrial ecology, energy and agricultural economics and policy. 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
    • A Heuristic Screening Aid for Consequential Life Cycle Assessment
  3. Economics of Biofuels


Environment 159: Life Cycle Analysis and Tools for Sustainability Assessment

Environment 157: Energy, Environment and Development

Environment 180: Senior Practicum

  • 2011-2012: Lifecycle analysis based comparison of Battery and gasoline vehicles
  • 2012-2013: Lifecycle analysis of building

Undergraduate Mentoring

Personal blog: Watt’s green?


film vs. digital: life cycle analysis for hbo

Film vs. Digital: Life Cycle Analysis for HBO

Filmmaking has come a long way since it first emerged in the late 1800s as silent, black-and-white short films. Today, people around the world accept movies and television as a built-in…

supply chain: 2018-2019 focus

Supply Chain: 2018-2019 Focus

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Corporate Partners Program focused on sustainability in supply chains.  The kickoff event for this year’s CPP program took place on October 2. Panelists at…

Recent Publications