Salil Gunashekar is a senior analyst at RAND Europe working primarily in areas related to innovation, science and technology policy. Gunashekar has a particular interest in emerging technologies and evolving research systems. Since joining RAND Europe, he 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 English Department of Health, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, the British Standards Institution, the Digital Catapult, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and various UK universities. His projects have covered topics ranging from the Internet of Things, blockchain technology, and technology foresight, to open science, research impact (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. He 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.