Program Contributors – 2022 Annual Workshop

Marta Talevi

Marta Talevi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Economics, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Marta’s research interests include evaluating the effectiveness of energy decarbonization policies; understanding the uptake and use of EVs, PV systems, and battery storage; the energy economics of refugee settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa; energy access (electrification, clean cooking); agricultural adaptation to climate change; environmental justice; and diversity in economics. Marta holds a PhD in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining VU Amsterdam, Marta was a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University.

Matt Shupler

Matthew Shupler is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard Chan School of Public Health and previously based in the Department of Public Health and Policy at University of Liverpool in the UK. He has worked on the CLEAN-Air(Africa) study focused on assessing the adverse health impacts of household air pollution from cooking with polluting fuels. Matt completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada where he worked on characterizing personal exposures to fine particulate matter from household air pollution across Asia, Africa and South America (PURE-AIR study).

P. P. Krishnapriya

P. P. Krishnapriya is a Research Scientist at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. Prior to this, she worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Economics and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute in Delhi. She graduated with a PhD in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. Her research interests are in energy, environment, development and labor economics.

Laura Villegas

Laura is an enthusiastic environmental economist with the heart of an ecological economist. She grew up with German Shepherds in a small town in the Colombian Andes and now lives in Idaho. She loves mountains and her family most of all—but also data, maps and exploring creative ways to apply sound and robust methods in the face of uncertainty and limited data availability. She specializes in ecosystem service valuation and is well versed in spatial techniques. She is fluent in English and Spanish and has expert knowledge of Latin America and East Africa. Laura centers her research around questions of environmental justice and sustainability to inform decision making. Her passion for consistency drives her energy, rigor, creativity, and technical expertise, as well as questions about the ethical implications of economic analyses.

Annelise Gill-Wiehl

Annelise Gill-Wiehl is currently an NSF Graduate Student Researcher and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. Annelise’s research interests center on household energy access in low- and middle- income countries utilizing impact evaluation methods. In addition to the work that she will present at SETI, Annelise works on the affordability of clean fuels, decentralized electrification solutions, quantifying emission reductions from cookstoves on the carbon market, and climate equity, focusing on women and low-income households. When not working on household energy, she enjoys long distance running and drinking coffee.

Dina Pomeranz

Dina Pomeranz is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Zurich. Her research focuses on public policies in developing countries. Prior to joining the University of Zurich, she was an assistant professor at Harvard Business School and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT’s Poverty Action Lab.

Solomon Aboagye

Solomon Aboagye is a PhD student of the University of Cape Town with research interest in Natural resources economics. His thesis examines various aspects of households energy deprivation beyond connections and access. Bulk of his publications are on energy and environmental sustainability. Before enrolling for his PhD, Solomon lectured at the University of Ghana from 2016 to 2018.

Bishal Bharadwaj
I am quantitative economic geographer by orientation who is interested in evaluating environmental policies (energy, plastic and climate change) in heterogeneous context to identify strategies to make sure the policies are effective and equitable.

Mandy Malan

I work as a development economist at RWI Essen in the Climate Change and Development group while finishing my PhD at Wageningen University and Research. My research interests lie in the interface of economic development and the environment. I currently work on topics such as sustainable land use and deforestation, large-scale land investments, energy access and research transparency.

Adolfo Uribe Poblete

Adolfo Uribe is Industrial Engineer (PUC, Chile), and currently is a PhD student at the Doctoral Program in Economics at Universidad de Talca, Chile. He has an MSc. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His topic of research is the evaluation of environmental policies with a focus on Energy Poverty. Working experience in emission reduction, climate change, and environmental regulations in the public sector.

Leonard Missbach

Leonard Missbach is a researcher and PhD candidate in the “Climate and Development” group at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC Berlin). He studied Industrial Engineering at TU Berlin, TU Dortmund and Sabanci University. His research interests include low-carbon development and inequality in the context of climate mitigation policy.

Thiago Pastorelli Rodrigues
Thiago Pastorelli Rodrigues is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He is also a researcher at the Energy Research Office, a government agency that supports the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy with energy planning studies. His research interests include energy transition, household energy consumption, and the nexus between economic development and energy affordability.

Gabriel Gonzalez Sutil

Gabriel is a fourth-year PhD student in Sustainable Development, particularly interested in Energy and Environmental Economics. He holds a bachelor’s in economics from the Catholic University of Buenos Aires, as well as a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Graduate Specialization in Oil and Natural Gas Economics from the Technology Institute of Buenos Aires. Prior to joining Columbia University, Gabriel worked at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery in mathematical programming applications for energy and environmental economics.

Andrew Phillip Hutchens

Andrew is a rising fourth-year economics Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University. His research interests span energy, environmental, and transportation economics, often through the lens of industrial organization. Andrew’s current research agenda investigates the interplay between climate change and electricity markets, integrating renewables into energy markets, and the transition to electric vehicles. When not building economic models or wading through copious amounts of data, Andrew enjoys exercising, bothering his cats, and reading way too much about aviation.

Mauricio Hernández
Mauricio Hernandez is a Ph.D. candidate in Energy and Environment at Duke University. His research interests lie in the area of energy consumption and energy systems optimization. Mauricio is currently working on a multidisciplinary project funded by the DoE ARPA-E titled GRACE. He is applying machine learning methods to optimize the performance of the grid.

Marlene Marimbe

Marlene is an energy expert who has advised and supported policy makers, power utilities and businesses in developing low carbon strategies. She has also led the development of renewable energy projects and power transmission infrastructure. Her experience is global – United Kingdom, the EU, Ghana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda and Pakistan. In her 19 years of experience, she has been effective in developing strategies for the delivery of power generation projects in challenging contexts. The passion that motivates her current work is the electrification of sub-Saharan Africa as the foundation for economic development and an improvement in quality of life for the region.

Shaun McRae

Shaun McRae is an assistant professor of economics at ITAM in Mexico City. He specializes in the industrial organization and regulation of energy markets. His research focuses on how households respond to nonlinear electricity tariffs and how this affects electric utilities. He also analyzes the behavior of electricity generation firms in wholesale markets. Related to hydrocarbon markets, Shaun has studied the effects of pipeline infrastructure projects as well as the gasoline consumption and purchasing behavior of drivers.

Sydney Chishimba

Sydney Kabango Chishimba is a doctoral candidate in the UCT School of Economics. He specializes in natural and energy economics. Currently working as an assistant lecturer at Copperbelt University in Zambia. His research interests include climate change, inequality and poverty, forest conversation and energy economics in developing countries. The doctoral research supervised by Prof Edwin Muchapondwa focuses on household energy access and impact evaluation in Zambia.

Sabah Usmani

Sabah Usmani is a PhD student in Environmental Health Sciences (Climate & Health Program) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is an urban planner and interdisciplinary researcher with experience across geographic scales in air pollution and health disparities, energy and water, transportation, informal housing, and climate mitigation and adaptation planning in India, USA, Ecuador, and Malaysia. Her research interests include neighborhood influences on health and wellbeing, spatial/social inequities in access to basic services and health outcomes, and applied urban analytics and data science for health and climate policy in cities. Sabah has a Master in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (minor in Architecture) from Columbia University.

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.

Katherine (Katie) Dickinson

Dr. Katie Dickinson is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Colorado School of Public Health, and a JPB Environmental Health Fellow. Her interdisciplinary research examines how people perceive and respond to risks, as well as the impacts of policies and programs on health and social outcomes. Past and current projects have addressed problems at the nexus of environmental quality, economic development, and human health, including water and sanitation, household energy and air pollution, and mosquito-borne diseases. Environmental justice is a central focus of her current work.

Wizaso Munthali

Wizaso Munthali is an environmental expert, who has worked in the Zambian environmental sector for close to 13 years. A larger portion of her professional experience has been with Zambia Environmental Management Agency, where she worked as an environmental regulator, specialising in environmental management. Wizaso is currently employed as lecturer/researcher at the Copperbelt University (Zambia), in the School of Mines and Mineral Sciences, Environmental Engineering Department. She is currently pursuing graduate studies at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA, under the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources (College of Natural Resources). Her research focuses on energy transitions, particularly clean cooking technology adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Erin Litzow

Erin Litzow is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. Her interests lie at the intersection of development and environmental economics, with a particular focus on energy. Before graduate school she worked as both a researcher and development practitioner across Africa and Latin America, with work spanning the topics of energy, agriculture, rural market development, governance, and education.
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