Salil Gunashekar is a senior analyst at RAND Europe working in the area of innovation, science and technology policy. Since joining RAND Europe, Gunashekar has been involved in research and policy analysis studies for a number of clients such as the European Commission (e.g., DG RTD, DG CNECT), the European Parliament, the English Department of Health, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Digital Catapult, and various UK universities. The projects have covered topics ranging from the Internet of Things and technology foresight, to Open Science, research impact evaluation (including bibliometrics), and addressing ‘grand challenges'.
With a technical background in wireless communications, Gunashekar previously worked as a research associate at the University of Leicester within the Departments of Engineering and Computer Science. Gunashekar completed his Ph.D. from the University of Leicester in 2006 where he also obtained an M.Sc. in information and communications engineering in 2003. Before attending Leicester, he obtained an M.Sc. in informatics from the University of Delhi. In 2000, he graduated with an honours degree in physics from the University of Delhi.