Sasmita Patnaik is a Programme Lead at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW). Sasmita’s work largely focuses on the intersection of developmental issues including the environment, health and livelihoods. At The Council, she is currently handling projects on access to energy for income generation, healthcare and cooking. In her research, she is keen to understand the nuances of socio-economic contexts that define access to, and use of, energy. Sasmita has six years of research experience in rural development, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Sasmita holds an M.Sc. in Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB).