Program Contributors

Frank Adusah-Poku
Frank Adusah-Poku is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Economics, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He is also a Fellow at the Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN), Nairobi-Kenya and a Junior Research Fellow at the ENNRI-EfD Ghana. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Economics from Kobe University, Japan. He also holds a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in Economics with Statistics, both from the University of Ghana. His primary research interests are energy economics, environmental economics and development economics.

Raavi Aggarwal

Raavi Aggarwal is a PhD candidate and researcher in the “Climate and Development” working group at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Berlin. Her research analyses the distributional impacts of carbon pricing policies on household welfare in Uganda, interactions between energy policy and labour markets, and explores questions of structural change and green industrialisation in India.

Galina Alova

Galina is based at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Her research focuses on the transition of the global electricity sector towards renewable energy and away from fossil fuels. Two of her recent studies were published in Nature Energy and were covered by over 100 news outlets and radio programmes, including BBC, The Guardian, Bloomberg, The New York Times and TIME. In her work, she applies machine-learning-based techniques to uncover novel insights form large complex datasets.

Bishal Bharadwaj

Bishal Bharadwaj is currently a PhD student in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland. He started to engage in environmental protection by leading a youth-led campaign on the plastic bag ban in 2001. He served several offices such as section officer of environment management section of the Ministry of Local Development, planning officer of district development committee. He is interested in the effect of environmental policy and strategies to enhance its effect. His past research is on plastic bag ban, plastic waste management, renewal energy subsidy policy and household clean cooking behaviour. Bishal is investigating the influence of decision context on household clean cooking behaviour renewal energy subsidy policy in Nepal as my PhD research.  

Betina Cardoso

Betina Cardoso works at the National Council Scientific and Thecnical Researchers (CONICET), Andean Patagonian Institute of Biological and Geoenvironmental Technologies (IPATEC), Universidad Nacional del Comahue (UNCo), Argentina. Currently investestigate in energy transition in rural communities, energy poverty, the energy like human right and offer-demand of firewood. Have been working in the Laboratory Bioenergy in UNAM, Mexico (2016-2018).

Ipsita Das

Ipsita Das is a Research Scientist at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. Her prior and ongoing research includes understanding drivers of environmental health behavior adoption, impacts of improved and clean energy on household welfare, and cost-benefit analyses of and willingness to pay for clean cooking. Ipsita has substantial experience implementing experimental and quasi-experimental studies in South and South-East Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Policy from Duke University.

Siyu Feng

Siyu Feng is a PhD candidate at at the Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is interested in energy economics and macroeconomics. Her research focuses on energy transitions and especially the role of electricity storage in the transition towards carbon-neutral economic growth.

Juan Fercovic Lopez
Juan Fercovic is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. He is a member of the UBC Centre for Food, Resource, and Environmental Economics and recipient of the Four-Year Doctoral Fellowship. Prior formation includes a Master’s degree in Food and Resource Economics at UBC and a MA in Agriculture Economics at PUC in Chile and worked as a research assistant with the FRE group (UBC) and in the department of Ag. Econ. (PUC).

Matthias Galan

Matthias Galan is a doctoral student at the department of Ecological Economics at the Vienna University of Economics. Before enrolling in the program, he worked in international cooperation. He holds a diploma in political science and a bachelor’s degree in development studies from the University of Vienna. His research interests are energy access in the Global South, technology governance and global production networks.

Disha Gupta

Disha Gupta is a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, India. Her research interests include Agricultural Economics and Applied Microeconometrics. Her research focuses on groundwater issues in India mainly relating to inefficiencies due to farm power subsidies and policy questions concerning incentives to farmers to promote sustainability of groundwater for irrigation.

Dawit Guta
Dawit Guta is a postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Forest Resource Management at the University of British Colombia, Canada. He also holds an Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics position at the College of Development Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Before joining AAU, he held the position of senior researcher at the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn, Germany. His main areas of research interest focus on Resource and Environmental Economics applied to the field of energy transition, renewable energy, water-energy and food security nexus, non-market valuation, bioeconomy, forest, climate change, and rural livelihoods.

Michael Hou
Michael is a second-year Duke MPP student and research assistant with the Duke Energy Access Project. He is also currently working as a Structured Finance Intern at the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). Michael’s research interests include equitable access to sustainable energy and capital market mobilization for infrastructure development.

Shivangi Jain
Shivangi is from New Delhi, India and recently graduated from Duke University with a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Environmental Management degree. She is interested in policies that simultaneously target rural development and environmental conservation. Her previous research experience focused on studying the impacts of wildlife conservation on rural communities in India. She is currently an Associate with ECONorthwest, an economic consulting firm in Portland, Oregon.

Shefali Khanna

Yusuph John Kulindwa
Yusuph John Kulindwa is a Senior lecturer of economics at the Department of Economics and statistics, Moshi Cooperative University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics, a collaborative Ph.D. program between the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the Chalmers University of Technology Gothenburg Sweden supported SIDA/SAREC. Dr. Kulindwa is working in partnership with other organizations as a team member. For example, he is now working with the Environment for Development Initiative in Tanzania (EfD-Tanzania) as a research fellow. Recently, Dr. Kulindwa joined the term of experts in the Pilot 4 Research and Dialogue project intended to promote dialogue on economic, resources, policy, and fiscal governance in Tanzania. He is working on the project supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland on Sustainable Employability through Higher Education Institutions Innovative Pedagogy. He is also working with Professor Erik Ahlgren from the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Their main project is about an improved cooking stove (ICS), aiming at combining technical analyses with user aspects and econometrics through an interdisciplinary systems approach. His current research focuses on improving cooking stove deployment: the importance of interaction between technology, performance, and energy efficiency in developing countries. Dr. Kulindwa served as an internal Ph.D. examiner and peer reviewer of the journal called Energy Efficiency– Springer. Currently, he is researching on improve cooking stoves deployment-the importance of interaction between technology, performance, and benefits, energy efficiency on electric stoves, biogas technology, and adoption of improved cooking stoves in developing countries. Finally, he is an author of scholarly (five) articles in international Journals and 3 conference proceedings.

Erin Litzow

Erin is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she is a recipient of the International Doctoral Fellowship. Her research interests lie at the intersection of environmental, development and energy economics. Prior to UBC, she received my Master of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, worked as an Associate in Research at the Sanford School of Public Policy, worked as a Research Associate for Innovations for Poverty Action – Tanzania, and received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Meera Mahadevan

Meera Mahadevan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Her research explores questions related to the political economy and institutional structures around energy provision and the environment in developing countries.

Krishnapriya Perumbillissery

P. P. Krishnapriya is a Research Scientist at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. She is affiliated with the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI), the Energy Access Project and the Environment for Development Initiative. Prior to this, she was a visiting assistant professor at the Economics and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute in Delhi. She has a PhD in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Her research interests are in energy, environment, development, and gender economics.

Rene Reyes

Rene Reyes, Ph.D., Forest Engineer. Researcher at the Instituto Forestal de Chile, and postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia. Co-founder of the National Firewood Certification System. Alejandra Schueftan, Ph.D., Architect. Research at the Instituto Forestal de Chile, and Asistant professor of the Faculty of Architecture and Arts at the Universidad Austral de Chile, and Universidad Católica de Chile.

Julian Rose

Julian Rose is a Ph.D. student at the RWI research group “Climate Change in Developing Countries” and the University of Passau. His research focuses on energy-related questions in sub-Saharan Africa, the effect of cash transfers, and research transparency.

César Salazar

César Salazar is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Management at Universidad del Bio-Bio, Chile, Adjunct Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Aquaculture Research (INCAR)-FONDAP-CONICYT, and a Senior Research fellow at the Environment for Development Initiative (EfD). He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His research and teaching are focused on empirical applications of development microeconomic theory to diverse problems related to the exploitation and management of natural resources economics, particularly in the fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture sectors. He also has research interests in problems associated with social capital, electoral participation and subjective well-being. He has written on the impact of climatic events on crop allocation and agricultural market performance, and the interaction among technology-input adoption, risk and agriculture insurance. He has also done research in the economics and management implications of share contracts in artisanal fisheries and transition into small-scale aquaculture. Furthermore, he has served as an economist consultant for several private and public institutions, such as the Government of Biobío Region, Production Development Corporation (CORFO), the Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA), Undersecretary of Regional Development (SUBDERE), National Institute of Agricultural Development (INDAP), National Service of Training and Employment (SENCE), Endesa (ENEL Group) among others. The results of his research have been published in several scientific journals including, among others, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Food Policy, Marine Resource Economics, The Journal of Development Studies, The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resources Economics, Journal of Environmental Management, Environment and Development Economics, Aquaculture Economics & Management.

Ashish Kumar Sedai

Ashish Sedai is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Colorado State University (CSU). Before coming to CSU in 2017, he completed his Master’s from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and worked as an assistant professor of economics at the University of Delhi from 2012-2017. His research papers have been published in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Energy Economics, World Development and The Energy Journal. He has also worked as a consultant, specializing in applied economic development research for the World Bank, United Nations and 2M Research.

Matt Shupler

Matthew Shupler is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Public Health and Policy at University of Liverpool in the UK. He is the quantitative lead for the CLEAN-Air(Africa) program ( focused on assessing the adverse health and climate impacts of household air pollution from using polluting fuels for household energy. Matt completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada where he worked on characterizing personal exposures to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) from household air pollution across Asia, Africa and South America (PURE-AIR study). Matt received his MPH from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Maximiliane Sievert

Maximiliane Sievert is a specialist in applied research in the area of environmental economics with a focus on the relation between poverty and improved access to water, energy, and finance infrastructure. Maximiliane is head of the research department “Climate Change and Development” at RWI Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, Germany. She has gathered extensive practical experience in leading studies of impact evaluation, including study design and implementation of household and enterprise surveys. Maximiliane has advised international organizations such as 3ie, FMO, GIZ, and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) in Burkina Faso, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.

Mukti Nath Subedi

Mukti Nath Subedi is a Section Officer in the civil service of Nepal. He has served at the Ministry of Local Development, Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, and Ministry of Agriculture Development in Nepal. Mukti is currently pursuing his PhD at the Department of Economics under the Deakin Business School, Deakin University Australia. His current researches lie at the intersection of development economics, energy and environmental economics, and human capital development.

Marta Talevi

Marta Talevi is an applied environmental economist, interested in research on climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy access, and environmental justice. Marta has a PhD in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE), and is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale School of the Environment (YSE). Current projects include research on the effectiveness of energy decarbonization programs, energy access (electrification and clean cooking), energy economics of refugee settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa, and inequality in pollution exposure along wealth lines and for marginalized groups.

Adolfo Uribe

Adolfo Uribe Poblete Industrial Engineer (PUC, Chile), MSc. Environmental Engineering (Uni Stuttgart, Germany). Currently student at Doctoral Program in Economics in Universidad de Talca, Chile. Working experience on environmental issues at public sector.

Alejandra Marcela Vanegas Diaz

Alejandra Marcela Vanegas Diaz Graduated in Psychology from the UNIJ of Mexico. Current CONICET doctoral fellow, student of the Gender Studies PhD at the University of Córdoba, Argentina. I work at the Institute for Research in Cultural Diversity and Processes of Change, IIDYPCA in Bariloche, Río Negro. My topics of interest are ecofeminisms, and the intersectional perspective in the design and application of ecotechnologies in Argentina and Mexico.

Chenxi Xiang
Xiang Chenxi is a Ph.D. candidate in Renmin University of China, majored in energy economics. Her research interests mainly include industrial organization in energy field, energy issues in electricity market and the analysis of energy policies. One of the work she is doing now is collating China’s micro-level power plant data, including indicators such as coal consumption and utilization hours.
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