Developing solutions to energy policy and market challenges in emerging economies

Energy Access Project

Nearly 1 billion people lack basic electricity, and billions more lack access to the reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy systems that form the backbone of job creation, growth, and improved social well-being.

The Energy Access Project at Duke focuses on building knowledge and networks to inform key decision-making related to energy poverty. It brings world-class researchers to bear on the highest priority questions of the day and supports policy-makers, project developers, investors, civil society, and impacted communities in driving energy system development and transformation.

Recent Updates

You can’t fight pandemics without power

You can’t fight pandemics without power

The piece addresses the importance of reliable electricity access for monitoring and treatment of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, in sub-Saharan Africa.

Virtual Workshop: Energy Access through a Gender Lens

We aim to build capacity for cutting-edge gender research on energy access to better deliver on both SDG 5 & SDG 7.

Summer 2020 Energy Access Internships and Research Projects

Summer 2020 Energy Access Internships and Research Projects

The Energy Access Project at Duke University (EAP) provides funding to students that will spend their summer conducting internships or a faculty-led research project. Students should submit proposals for projects in summer 2020 related to energy access in low- and...


The Energy Access Project is examining key linkages between energy access and critical environmental and health challenges. 

Meet the Energy Access Project Team

Meet our team of researchers and policy experts.
Photo credit: Energy Access Project
Photo Credit: Energy Access Project

Student Opportunities

Learn how the Project is supporting students from Duke and around the world to engage energy access challenges firsthand.