About the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke
Developing solutions to energy policy and market challenges in emerging economies
The production and use of energy have far-reaching implications for human health, economic opportunity, and the livability of the planet.
With nearly a third of humanity lacking reliable electricity and even more without clean fuels and technologies for cooking, energy access represents one of the greatest challenges of our time.
The James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke takes an interdisciplinary approach to developing sustainable, modern energy solutions around the world. Established in 2017, the project advances foundational research and fosters constructive dialogue among the world’s policy makers, entrepreneurs, and scholars to support evidence-based decision making related to energy poverty. It engages students, locally and globally, while supporting the development of new, disruptive tools and models that break down barriers to improved energy access.
The James E. Rogers Energy Access Project mobilizes students from Duke and around the world by supporting student research opportunities and conferences, summer internships, business case competitions, academic courses, speaking engagements with leading practitioners, and other energy access-related events on and off-campus.
Energy Access Project @Duke Affiliates
The Energy Access Project @Duke Affiliates is a collaborator and thought leadership network, providing a platform for the important work of partners and supporting bridge-building across research, business, government, and non-profits working on energy poverty. We aim to raise up voices, share strategies and tools, build the evidence base, and coordinate efforts related to energy access in order to improve equity and gender outcomes, grow economies, strengthen community health and resilience, and ensure sustainability.
The James E. Rogers Energy Access Project Working Paper Series
The mission of the Energy Access Working Paper series is to provide an outlet for novel and policy-relevant theoretical and empirical research that is related to energy access and transitions challenges, especially those facing low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and populations. We are particularly interested in providing scholars in the Global South with an opportunity to submit their work in progress, to support dissemination and build discussion around their research and ideas.
Establishing the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke
Sustainable Development Goal 7 has focused the world’s attention on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all by 2030. Eliminating energy poverty will require accelerated deployment of technology, a paradigm shift in capital deployment, and bold regulatory models that embrace energy system transformation. The James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke is working to provide policy makers, project developers, investors, civil society and impacted communities with the tools and analysis to help drive this transformation.
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The James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke is working to provide policy makers, project developers, investors, civil society and impacted communities with the tools and analysis to help drive this transformation.
Investment decisions made in low- and middle-income countries leading up to 2030 will determine whether low-carbon pathways out of poverty and climate vulnerability are possible for millions, and whether the next global surge in emissions can be prevented. There...
The Distributed Renewable Energy-Agriculture Modalities (DREAM) project was launched to demonstrate the viability of solar mini-grids for delivering improved irrigation services, greater agricultural productivity and expanded rural electrification. The DREAM project...
So far, the case for clean energy has been built around health and/or environmental benefits, generally neglecting the sizable benefits that clean energy can have on freeing women’s time and reducing drudgery. Women typically spend disproportionately more time...