PhD Student, Environmental Policy & Economics
Ryan is an environmental policy PhD student with a concentration in economics. She is interested in household and health facility energy access and transitions in LMIC settings. Ryan graduated with a B.A. in Public Policy and Global Studies with a minor in African studies from UNC Chapel Hill in 2018. Prior to starting at Duke, Ryan worked as the project manager for the Energy Poverty PIRE in Southern Africa (EPPSA), a 5-year interdisciplinary NSF project on energy poverty in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In her time working with the EPPSA project and beyond, Ryan has worked on field research in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Tanzania on topics including the adoption and impact of clean cooking technologies and the energy needs required for adequate environmental health in health care facilities.
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...