Oak Foundation Environmental and Energy Policy Professor

Subhrendu Pattanayak

  • Subhrendu  Pattanayak
    Subhrendu Pattanayak
    Oak Foundation Environmental and Energy Policy Professor

Oak Foundation Environmental and Energy Policy Professor

Contact: 919-613-9306, subhrendu.pattanayak@duke.edu

Pattanayak studies the causes and consequences of human behaviors related to the natural environment to help design and evaluate policy interventions in low income tropical countries.

Subhrendu K. Pattanayak is Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, and has secondary appointment in the Duke Global Health Institute, the Nicholas School of the Environment, and the Department of Economics.

He studies the causes and consequences of human behaviors related to the natural environment to help design and evaluate policy interventions in low income tropical countries. He has collaborated closely with multi-lateral agencies, NGOs, governments, and local academics in Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the U.S. Currently, Professor Pattanayak leads the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) and is a faculty fellow of the South Asian Network of Development and Environmental Economists.

My Work

Adoption of conservation agriculture in India

Adoption of conservation agriculture in India

Every October to November, the ambient air in the Indo-Gangetic plain becomes a noxious concoction of toxic emissions that are partly attributable to the seasonal agricultural residue burning.This burning contributes to a persistent and choking blanket of smog that...

Gender and off-grid energy access in Myanmar

Gender and off-grid energy access in Myanmar

Myanmar has the lowest electrification rate in Asia (> 60% rural population lacks electricity), and the Government of Myanmar aims to electrify all households by 2030 through grid extension and off-grid infrastructure. But what will the benefit of electrification...

Powering Empowerment

Powering Empowerment

Experts from over 10 time zones and 35 countries came together May 12-13th for our first ever virtual workshop – Energy Access through a Gender Lens!

The Energy Access Dividend

The Energy Access Dividend

The Energy Access Project at Duke in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and Sustainable Energy For All, have developed an Energy Access Dividend for Haiti and Honduras with the aim of quantifying the electrification benefits forgone over a country’s business-as-usual electrification transition.

SETI Fourth Annual Meeting

SETI Fourth Annual Meeting

The 4th Annual Meeting of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative took place on May 15-17, 2019 in Santiago, Chile.

Podcast: A Small Green Idea to Power Rural Nepal

Podcast: A Small Green Idea to Power Rural Nepal

As Subhrendu Pattanayak and a group of researchers from Duke University navigate narrow catwalks high into the Annapurna mountain range in the Himalayas, they begin to understand first-hand the difficulties of establishing any set infrastructure in such difficult terrain.

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