Prof. V. Ranganathan is currently Mentor Faculty at IIM Kashipur. Hewas Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor on Infrastructure,and Professor of Economics and Energy at IIM, Bangalore. He was also Member (Part time) of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). His research covers the areas of Electricity reforms and Regulation, Energy and Environmental Economics,economics of Climate change, Large Project Appraisal,Pricing, and Public Policy.
He was Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University,Kennedy School of Government, Visiting Professor at University of Pennsylvania and Asian Institute of Technology. He was also Erasmus Mundus Scholar and had visited /and taught at Lund University,Sweden and East European University, Budapest. He has published in Sankhya (B), Energy Economics, Energy Policy,IIMB Management Review, Vikalpa, Economic and Political Weekly, European Journal of Management,Int. journal of Business Research and others,besides a large number of newspaper articles. He has been the Chairman of Doctoral Thesis Committee of 5 and Member of one doctoral scholars.
He has served on the Boards of Rural Electrification Corporation, New Delhi and Bhoruka Power Ltd., Bangalore and is on the Board of Indraprastha Gas Ltd.,New Delhi, now.
He has been Resource Person for Electricity in African Energy Planning Research Network (AFREPREN). He has consulted for UNCTAD (Electricity Planning and Management for Tanzania), Nepal Administrative Staff College (Commercialization and unbundling of Nepal Electricity Authority), DANIDA (one of many members) (Environmental Master Plan for Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka), MECON (Electricity and Environment), Ministry of Water (Evaluation of National Water Academy)and Power (Evaluation of CSMRS and NPTI), Govt. of India, Coir Board, Forest Dept, Govt. of Karnataka (Demand and Supply of Fuelwood in Karnataka), Planning Department, Govt. of Karnataka (Block level planning for maximizing employment, Kudligi block), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of Karnataka (Assessment of nonconventional Energy sources) Dept. of Industries, GoTN (Study of Tea Cooperative in TN); and Dept. of Rural Development, GoK (Cost Benefit Analysis of Biomass Gasifier based electricity) for BERI and Corporations like , REC (Impact of Rural Electrification in MP and UP; Efficacy and impact of unmetering of electricity for agriculture) and BEML (Corporate Plan- II).
He has been Advisor, Union Public Service Commission (civil services selection) and AICTE (recognition granting). He has been Member of Government and intergovernmental Committees:
Department of Posts, Modernization
South Asian Forum for Infrastructure Regulators (SAFIR), Steering Committee
Infrastructure Board (Govt. of Uttarakhand).
Central Advisory Committee, CERC
ECON (Consumer council), Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission
Governing Council, NETPEM
Rajadhyaksha Committee subcommittee on Power Planning.
Academic Council, Anna University
Advisory Council, NPTI
He has been a referee for Energy Journal, Energy Policy, Utilities Policy, IIMB Management Review, Energy for sustainable development, and International journal for global energy issues. He has also been referee for Sponsored Research Proposals for Global Development Network and The Nuffield Foundation. He has been on the editorial boards of journals Sankalpa (Utkal Univ.) and Vilakshan (XIMB).