Researcher biography

Yuwan’s PhD explores the underpinning social constructs of energy poverty in rural India and aims to generate lessons that have policy implications. More specifically, his research looks beyond infrastructural and economic bottlenecks and focuses on the role of social systems and their embedded socio-political arrangements that resist or enable a successful cooking fuel transition. A novelty of his research lies in the integration of two prominent theories, the Capability Approach and Structuration Theory, which provides a foundation to unfold the social affairs that impede the change process and their ensuing deprivation of human well-being.

At the Centre for Policy Futures, Yuwan is currently working on two distinct but important projects.

  1. Public perceptions of established and emerging mining technologies in Australia; and
  2. The contribution of academia in formulating India’s policy pathways to end energy poverty.

Yuwan is from Nepal and has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Management, and a Master of Sociology. He has over ten years of experience in the areas of poverty reduction, climate change, disaster risk reduction, humanitarian assistance, livelihood improvement, and natural resource management.



Yadav, P., Malakar, Y., & Davies, P. J. (2019). Multi-scalar energy transitions in rural households: Distributed photovoltaics as a circuit breaker to the energy poverty cycle in India. Energy Research & Social Science, 48, 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2018.09.013

Lacey, J., Malakar, Y., Swirepik, A., Stacey, A. & Dann, R. (2018) Best Practice Guidelines for Geological & Bioregional Assessment Basin User Panels: Principles for design and performance. CSIRO, Australia. EP183006

Malakar, Y., Greig, C., & van de Fliert, E. (2018). Resistance in rejecting solid fuels: Beyond availability and adoption in the structural dominations of cooking practices in rural India. Energy Research & Social Science, 46, 225-235. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2018.07.025

Malakar, Y., Greig, C., & van de Fliert, E. (2018). Structure, agency and capabilities: Conceptualising inertia in solid fuel-based cooking practices. Energy Research & Social Science, 40, 45-53. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2017.12.002

Malakar, Y. (2018). Evaluating the role of rural electrification in expanding people's capabilities in India. Energy Policy, 114, 492-498. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.12.047

Malakar, Y. (2018). Studying household decision-making context and cooking fuel transition in rural India. Energy for Sustainable Development, 43, 68-74. doi:10.1016/j.esd.2017.12.006

Herington, M.J., Malakar, Y. (2016). Who is energy poor? Revisiting energy (in)security in the case of Nepal. Energy Research & Social Science 21, 49-53.

Herington, M.J., Malakar, Y., van de Fliert, E., Smart, S., Greig, C. & Lant, P.A. (2016). Exploring structure and agency in changing cook stove practices: Insights from the energy poor in rural India. DEMAND Centre Conference, 13-15 April 2016. Lancaster, U.K.

Malakar, Y. (2014). Community-Based Rainfall Observation for Landslide Monitoring in Western Nepal. In: Sassa K, Canuti P, Yin Y, editors. World Landslide Forum 3. Beijing, China: Springer

International Publishing Switzerland. 757-763.

Malakar, Y. (2012), Increasing Adaptive Capacity: What Is the Role of Local Institutions?. RHC3, 3: 60-76. doi:10.1002/rhc3.18

Malakar, Y. and Bhandari, D. (2012), Six Steps to a Quick Hazards Assessment at Village Level: A Participatory Assessment Approach Applied in Nawalparasi District, Nepal. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, 3: 1-19. doi:10.1515/1944-4079.1099