Rowan Philip Clarke is a researcher with Innovations for Poverty Action, a network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to discover effective solutions to global poverty problems. He is a researcher and graduate student at the Environmental Policy Research Unit, in the School of Economics, at the University of Cape Town. He also works with the INSEAD Randomized Controlled Trials Lab which uses randomized field experiments to study management and policy problems, and is affiliated with CLEAR a global initiative which improves policy by strengthening capacity for rigorous program evaluation and performance-management.
Clarke is an applied microeconomist with expertise in randomized trials, management and business experiments, behavioral and environmental economics, and causal statistics. His interests are in poverty, health, gender, entrepreneurship, technology adoption, and green energy.
He previously worked as a research manager and a consultant where he used field experiments, behavioral science, and economic theory to advise on program testing, design, and impacts. He has significant proposal-writing experience and is co-PI on multiple large grants.
He is a lead researcher on a number of on-going field and business experiments, using new automated data-collection technologies to combine big data with more standard household surveys, including:
- A series of business strategy experiments focusing on pricing and behavioral interventions to increase take-up and use of low-cost off-grid lighting targeting the ultra-poor in Rwanda
- Gender and welfare impacts of solar lighting for the rural poor
- Large-scale female microenterprise and empowerment program