• PhD Electrical Engineering,Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India
  • ME Electrical Engineering, BIT Mesra, India
  • BTech Electrical Engineering, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India


Area of Interest:

  1. Power Systems:
    • Power system Operation, Economics and Planning
    • Electricity Markets
    • Ancillary Services Managament and Pricing
    • Distribution Systems- operations, planning
    • Renewable Energy- economics, penetration into distribution systems
    • Demand Side Management, Demand Response, Smart Loads and Smart Grids, Electric Vehicles in Distribution Systems
  2. Energy Systems:
    • Global energy models, scenario analysis, long-term planning
    • Energy-environment linkages, sustainable development


Kankar Bhattacharya obtained his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, in 1993. He was in the faculty of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, India, during 1993-98. During his tenure at IGIDR Mumbai, he also held visiting faculty assignments at the Tampere University of Technology, Finland, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria, to work on IIASA-World Energy Council Project on Long-term Energy Scenarios for South Asia.

In 1998 he joined the Department of Electric Power Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, as the first holder of the Frederik Lamm Chair of Assistant Professor (1998-2001), was awarded the Docent (2001) and promoted to the rank of a tenured Associate Professor in 2002. In January 2003, he joined the University of Waterloo in Canada as a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and was promoted to the rank of full Professor in July 2007.

Professor Bhattacharya's research interests include power system operations, planning and economics; electricity market operations and design; renewable energy resources and their economics, planning and operational isses; demand side management, demand response, and various emerging problems in the smart grid environment. He has been extensively involved in Ph.D. supervision, industrial research projects, power-engineering curriculum development and education at under-graduate, graduate, Ph.D. levels as well as conducting external (industrial) courses.

Professor Bhattacharya received the ABB Sweden Gunnar Engstrom Foundation Award in 2001 for his research in power system economics. He is the author of the well received book- Operation of Restructured Power Systems, Kluwer Academic Publishers (2001). He served as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2005-2011) and IEEE Power Engineering Letters (2005-2011). He is actively involved in CIGRE Study Committee C5: Electricity Markets and Regulation and serves as the Canadian National Member of CIGRE SC C5.