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  • EfD Director and Senior Research Fellow

Köhlin, Gunnar

Gunnar Köhlin is the Director of Environment for Development – a global network of environmental economics’ centers. He is also an Associate Professor at the Environmental Economics Unit, Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg.

  • Program Director and Senior Research Fellow

Somanathan, Eswaran

Eswaran Somanathan is a professor in the Economics and Planning unit, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Delhi and the Program Director of the Centre for research on the Economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment (CECFEE). His research is in the economics of environment and development and microeconomic theory. He is the Editor of the journal Environment and Development Economics published by Cambridge University press and was a Co-ordinating Lead Author for Working Group III of the Fifth Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has recently joined as an Expert in the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) led National Task Force.  He received his PhD in economics from Harvard in 1995, and has taught at Princeton, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Emory University. Webpage: Click here

  • Deputy Center Director and Senior Research Fellow

Jaime Torres, Marcela

Marcela Jaime is an assistant professor in the School of Management and Business (Escuela de Administración y Negocios (EAN)) at the University of Concepcion. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • Research Fellow

Damte Beyene, Abebe

Abebe Damte is a research fellow at the Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) based at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). His field of specialization is in environmental economics which include natural resource management, energy, climate change and agriculture.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Somanathan, Rohini

Rohini Somanathan is a professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics  and a WinEED co-founder. She received her PhD in 1996 from Boston University and held faculty positions at Emory University, the University of Michigan and the Indian Statistical Institute before joining the Delhi School of Economics in 2005. Her research focuses on how social institutions interact with public policies to shape patterns of economic and social inequality.  She is particularly interested in exploring the intellectual and ideological environment within which state policy is created and justified. Within the broad area of development economics, she has worked on group identity and public goods, access to microfinance, child nutrition programs and environmental health.  As part of her professional and other activities, she is on the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association, on the governing body of the Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research and a trustee of the NGO SRIJAN. She has also been part of the annual consultations on the Budget in the Ministry of Finance in India.   Webpage: Click here

  • Senior Research Fellow

Chávez Rebolledo, Carlos

Carlos Chávez is a Professor (Profesor Titular) in the Facultad de Economía y Negocios at Universidad de Talca, Chile. He is an associated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Aquaculture Research (INCAR), and a senior research fellow at the Environment for Development Initiative (EfD).  He holds a Ph.D. (2000) in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  • Research Associate

Bluffstone, Randall

Randall Bluffstone is Professor of economics at Portland State University. His research and teaching interests focus on various aspects of environmental and resource economics, including pollution policies in developing and transition economies, environmental liability and privatization, deforestation in low-income countries and the economics of suburban sprawl. Prior to September 1999, Dr.

  • Senior Research fellow

Qin, Ping

Ping Qin is Deputy Director of EEPC. She is an Associate Professor at Department of Energy Economics, School of Economics at Renmin University of China. She completed her PhD thesis in economics at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg,Sweden, in 2009, and worked at RFF, Resources for the Future in Washington DC for one year.

  • Research Fellow

Hassen, Sied

Sied Hassen is post-doctoral researcher at Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC), the Ethiopian Development Research Institute from September 1, 2015. He coordinates energy research program at the center. He finished his PhD in Economics from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2015.

  • International Research Associate

Naranjo Barrantes, María Angélica

Maria A. Naranjo is an international associate research fellow for the EfD Central America. She finished her PhD. studies at the Development Economics Group in Wageningen University. Her research is focus on understanding farmers' risk management strategies and preferences towards risk. She holds a master’s degree in environmental economics and natural resources.

  • Senior Research Fellow and EfD Research Director

Alem, Yonas

Yonas Alem is currently a research fellow at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, where he received his PhD in Economics. He is also the research Director of the EfD network where he undertakes duties of reviewing research proposals, research deliverables and submissions for EfD discussion paper series by researchers in the network.

  • Research Associate

Mutua, John

John M. Mutua is currently working with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of Kenya as a Senior Manager, Economic Regulation. Before he was an Assistant Policy Analyst in the Infrastructure and Economic Services Division at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA).

  • Research Fellow

Gebreegziabher, Zenebe

Zenebe Gebreegziabher is a Research Fellow at the Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). He contributes to energy and forestry research programs of the centre. Zenebe is also an assistant professor of economics at the Department of Economics, Mekelle University. He completed his PhD in economics at Wageningen University in 2007.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Zhang, Xiaobing

Assistant Professor in Economics at the School of Economics, Renmin University. His expertise and research interests are generally in the area of energy economics, climate policy and environmental economics.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Cardenas, Helena

Helena Cardenas is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with specialization on Economic Development. She received her M.Sc. degree on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Concepcion, Chile, and her MA in International Economics from Brandeis University, Massachusetts.

  • Research Fellow

Meles, Tensay H.

Tensay Hadush is a Research Fellow at the Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) based at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). Tensay together with ECRC and The World Bank has conducted a large household survey on electricity and water use in Addis Ababa in 2016 and this data set is being used as a pilot test for EfD/ECRC and SND collaboration.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Mekonnen, Alemu

Alemu Mekonnen is an Associate Professor of economics at the School of Economics of Addis Ababa University. He has taught various subjects in economics for over two decades including natural resource and environmental economics at undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests are on economic development and the environment.

  • Research Fellow

Krishnapriya, P.P.

P.P. Krishnapriya is a Research Scientist at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. Prior to this, she was a visiting Assistant Professor at the Economics and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Delhi. She received her PhD in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics in 2017. Her research interests are in energy, development and environment.

  • Research Fellow

Sievert, Maximiliane

Maximiliane Sievert has several years of experience in the evaluation of development interventions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She has specialized in applied research in the area of environmental economics with a focus on the relation between poverty and improved access to energy, water, and finance infrastructure.

  • International Research Associate

Sills, Erin

Erin is a professor of forest economics and coordinator of international programs in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University, research associate of CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research) and Imazon (Amazon Institute of People and the Environment), also she is a 

  • Senior Research Fellow

Toman, Michael A.

Michael A Toman (Mike) is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank, and Manager of the Environment and Energy and Agricultural and Rural Development Teams. In the latter role, he works with a team of ~12 full time PhD-level researchers plus various consultants covering a variety of topics.

  • International Research Associate

Pattanayak, Subhrendu K.

Subhrendu K. Pattanayak is a Professor of Public Policy, Environmental Economics and Global Health at Duke University. Subhrendu’s research is in two domains: (i) economics of environmental health, and (ii) evaluation of forest ecosystem services.

  • International Research Associate

Serrano-Medrano, Montserrat

Montserrat Serrano-Medrano is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre of Research in Environmental Geography (CIGA) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She obtained a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Davis and a Ph.D. degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

  • International Research Associate

Grieshop, Andrew

Andy Grieshop is an environmental engineer in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at NC State University, where he directs the Grieshop Atmosphere and Environment Lab (GAEL).

  • Research Associate

Peters, Jörg

Jörg has been studying the economics of energy poverty for several years and has extensively worked on the impacts and adoption of improved cookstoves and electricity access. Among others, he has conducted impact evaluations of a large grid roll-out program in Rwanda, cookstove dissemination programs in Burkina Faso and Senegal as well as a micro-hydro village grid program in Indonesia.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Litzow, Erin

Erin Litzow is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia's Vancouver School of Economics. Her interests lie at the intersection of development and environmental economics, with a particular focus on energy.

  • International Research Associate

Aung, Ther

Ther Aung is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill affiliated with Dr. Jagger's Forest Use, Energy, and Livelihoods (FUEL) Lab. She is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the nexus of energy, climate and human health.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Girardeau, Hannah

Hannah Girardeau is the Program Coordinator for the Energy Access Project at Duke University. She is committed to promoting solutions to energy poverty in developing nations. As a master’s student in the Nicholas School of the Environment, she focused her studies on international energy poverty and renewable energy.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Li, Yating

Yating Li is a fifth-year PhD student in environmental economics at Duke University, and an Energy PhD Fellow at the Energy Initiative. She examines electricity consumption in China using micro-level data sets, including the response to income growth, air

  • Junior Research Fellow

Usmani, Faraz

Faraz Usmani is a PhD candidate in environmental economics at Duke University, with research interests at the intersection of environmental, energy, and development economics. Faraz holds a B.A. in Economics from New York University and an M.A. in International and Development Economics from Yale University.

  • International Research Fellow

Jack, Darby

Darby Jack, PhD, studies environmental health risks in developing countries, the health impacts of climate change, and the role of the urban environment in shaping health. For the last several years his primary focus has been the health effects of exposure to indoor air pollution from biomass fuels.

  • Research Fellow

Meeks, Robyn

Robyn Meeks is an Assistant Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and a faculty affiliate of the Duke University Energy Initiative and the Duke Center for International Development.  Professor Meeks is on the Faculty Advisory Committee of Duke University’s Energy Access Project.

  • Research Fellow

McRae, Shaun

Shaun McRae is an Assistant Professor in the Centro de Investigación Económica and Department of Economics at ITAM in Mexico City. His fields of specialization are Energy and Environmental Economics and Industrial Organization.

  • International Research Associate

Patiño-Echeverri, Dalia

Dalia Patiño-Echeverri is the Gendell Associate Professor of Energy Systems and Public Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University where she explores, assesses, and proposes technological, policy, and market approaches to contribute to the goal of striking a balance between environmental sustainability, affordability, and reliability in electricity systems.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Das, Ipsita

Ipsita Das is a Research Scientist at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She is a quantitative social scientist working at the intersection of environment, health and development.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Dickinson, Katherine

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Dickinson is an Assistant Professor in the Colorado School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Colorado.

  • International Research Fellow

Thinley, Tshering

Tshering Thinley is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Yonphula Centenary College. He is a lecturer in Physics at Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan. His research interests include aspects of environmental and resource economics, including health and pollution policies in developing and transition economies.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Jeuland, Marc

Marc Jeuland is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University. His research interests include non-market valuation, water and sanitation, environmental health, energy poverty and transitions, trans-boundary water resource planning and management, and the impacts and economics of climate change.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Jagger, Pam

Pam Jagger is an Associate Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan and WinEED co-founder. Her research focuses on the dynamics of poverty and environment interactions in low income countries.

  • Research Fellow

Fetter, Robert

Rob Fetter is a senior policy associate at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is helping to develop the Energy Access Project. He works with researchers from multiple units at Duke University focused on policy, business, economics, law, science, and engineering.

  • International Research Associate

Bailis, Rob

Rob is a senior scientist at SEI-US, based in Somerville, MA. His research focuses on the relationships between energy, social welfare, and environmental change in developing countries. Rob first became interested in these themes while working as a teacher in the U.S. Peace Corps in northwestern Kenya. He joined SEI after a decade as an academic researcher and university instructor.

  • International Research Associate

Masera, Omar

Dr. Omar Masera has a bachelor in Physics from the National University of Mexico and a Master and PhD in Energy and Resources from UC, Berkeley. Currently he is full-time professor at the Instituto de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas y Sustentabilidad, UNAM where he is also Director of the Bioenergy Laboratory and the Ecotechnology Innovation Research Unit.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Lenz, Luciane

Luciane Lenz is PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Passau and a researcher in the “Climate Change in Developing Countries” research unit at RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research in Essen, Germany. Her research focuses on the adoption of energy technologies, and the impacts thereof on energy uses, economic wellbeing, health, and the environment.

  • Research Fellow

Ruhinduka, Remidius

Remidius Denis Ruhinduka is a EfD research fellow and a lecturer at the department of Economics, University of Dar es Salaam. His research work focuses on various aspects of development economics with special focus on the adoption and impact of Environmental friendly technology in developing countries.  With special interest on behavioral and experimental economics,