Graduate Research Assistant
Paelina is a second-year Masters of Public Policy student focused on climate and energy policy. Prior to Duke, she worked for a regionally focused think tank in the Pacific Northwest, researching fossil fuel infrastructure and lobbying. She first became interested in environmental policy when working on water and sanitation project evaluation in Bolivia and maintains a strong interest in Latin America. This past summer she worked with Environmental Defense Fund to develop a state climate strategy and traveled to Ethiopia with Duke’s Sustainable Energy Transition Initiative to investigate the impacts of tariff reform. She is currently researching private sector incentives for mini-grids in Ethiopia and the political economy of the clean energy transition in Chile. Outside of her work with the Energy Access Project, she is also researching carbon offsets for regenerative grazing and conducting a survival analysis for protected conservation areas.