Subhrendu K. Pattanayak is a Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University. 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 a new multi‐disciplinary initiative at Duke University on household health and energy and a faculty fellow of the South Asian Network of Development and Environmental Economists.
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 nonmarket 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. He has worked in the past with the World Bank on projects involving economic modeling in the Ganges Basin in Asia, economic planning in the eastern Nile river basin, rural sanitation in Egypt, and waste water reuse in the Middle East and Northern Africa.
Samantha Childress is a Master of Environmental Management student at the Nicholas School of the Environment, focusing on Energy & Sustainability. She is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Appropriate Technology and a minor in Sustainable Development. As a member of the Board of Directors for United Solar Initiative, a nonprofit that provides energy access solutions to remote communities through solar photovoltaics, she has led the installation of PV systems on community centers and schools in rural Nicaraguan communities. She is also responsible for maintaining the productivity of PV projects to deliver a lasting impact on the system’s users. She has also interned with the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, performing market research and analysis for U.S. clean energy projects and is motivated by the growing opportunities at the nexus of business and energy access.
Hannah Girardeau is a Master of Environmental Management student at the Nicholas School of the Environment focusing on Energy and the Environment. She is committed to promoting solutions to energy poverty in developing nations. Hannah recently served as the Program and Development Fellow for Empower Generation, a social enterprise supporting a women-led renewable energy distribution network in Nepal. For three years prior to Duke, she worked to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy policies alongside the Midwest Energy team at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Hannah holds a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from Loyola University Chicago.
Caitlin Graovac is a Master of Public Policy student at the Sanford School of Public Policy. She is specializing in global policy and pursuing a certificate in international development policy. Her interests lie broadly within poverty reduction and sustainable development. Prior to coming to Duke, Caitlin worked in non-profit education, primarily on improving civic engagement among high school students. Caitlin holds a BA in Political Science from Indiana University.
Luke Horvath is a Master of Public Policy student at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Prior to coming to Durham for his MPP, Luke worked for the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, a new research center at the University of Notre Dame that conducts randomized evaluations of domestic social programs. In particular, he focused on evaluations of community college advising, juvenile diversion, and maternal and child health programs. Having always been interested in energy issues, he helps SETI on projects related to understanding electricity adoption in developing countries. Currently, he is building a cross-national database of factors related to electricity consumption. Outside of work and school, Luke enjoys cycling and building awesome trail mix concoctions.
Koichi Kanaoka is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment with a focus on energy systems and sustainable business. Koichi’s research focuses on promoting sustainable development through Life Cycle Assessment and eco-industrial development. He is also a Fellow at the Duke Center for Sustainability and Commerce. Koichi holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America in California with focuses in Economics and Environmental Studies.
Erin Litzow is a Master of Environmental Management Candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment, concentrating in Environmental Economics and Policy. Her interests lie at the intersection of development and environmental economics, with a particular focus on energy. During the summer of 2016, Erin interned at the World Health Organization, supporting the Public health, environment and social determinants of health program in their work as a custodial agency for Sustainable Development Goal 7. Prior to her graduate studies at Duke, Erin worked both as a researcher and development practitioner in East Africa, focusing on a broad range of topics spanning agriculture, market access, governance, and education. She has also worked and studied in Latin America and Europe. Erin holds a BSFS from Georgetown University, where she studied international political economy and development.
Lauren Masatsugu is a Master of Environmental Management student at the Nicholas School of the Environment, concentrating in Environmental Economics and Policy. Her interests lie broadly in the field of environmental economics and policy analysis, with a particular focus in environmental health. For two years prior to Duke, she worked as a research assistant with Abt Associates conducting economic analyses for several regulations proposed by Environment Protection Agency’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. Lauren holds a B.S. in Science of Natural and Environmental Systems from Cornell University.
Sushmita Samaddar is a Master of Public Policy student at the Sanford School of Public Policy. She is pursuing a specialization in environment policy and a certificate in international development policy. Sushmita holds a BA in Political Science from Delhi University and worked on electoral and political reforms for two years with Association for Democratic Reforms before coming to Duke. Her work was focused on increasing access to information about the criminal, financial and other background details of candidates contesting elections in India, analyzing the election expenditure records of candidates and their affidavits filed during elections.
Lavanya Singh is a Master of Public Policy student at the Sanford School of Public Policy. She is concentrating in health policy and pursuing a certificate in international development policy. Prior to Duke, Lavanya worked on global health financing research by tracking development assistance for health. As her interests lie within poverty reduction, Lavanya is currently focusing on the intersections of health, environment and social policy in a developing context. Lavanya holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minors in Sustainability and Journalism from Iowa State University.
Aubrey Zhang is a Master of Public Policy student in Sanford School of Public Policy concentrating environment and energy policy on international development level. She holds a B.A. in International Political Economy from Renmin University of China. She previously worked in financial sector but now is hoping to become a practitioner facilitates Public Private Partnership in energy-related projects in underdeveloped regions.
Rob Fetter is a PhD candidate in the University Program in Environmental Policy, focusing on environmental economics. He studies how firms learn about emerging technologies, how they respond to regulations, and the interplay between public policy and innovation and technological change. Prior to coming to Duke, Rob helped start an international social enterprise that created the world’s first third-party, stakeholder-driven certification system for responsible production of oil and gas. He also spent several years working in environmental policy consulting, where he specialized in leading large and complex interdisciplinary analyses. Rob holds a B.S. and M.S. in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an M.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Yating Li is a PhD student in the University Program in Environmental Policy, studying environmental and energy economics. Her research focuses on modeling residential electricity in China using micro data. With an interest in understanding the development outcomes of energy access, she is actively involved in several energy-related on-campus groups including GLEAN, SETI and GEHE. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Economics from Renmin University of China and a certificate in Business, Language and Culture from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Prior to her PhD study, she worked as an intern at the Energy Research Institute, the Greenpeace Beijing office and Delegation of European Union in China.
Faraz Usmani is a PhD student in the University Program in Environmental Policy, studying environmental economics. His research is focused on the economics of energy access and international development. Prior to coming to Duke in 2014, Faraz worked for two years as a Junior Professional Associate in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management network at the World Bank in Washington, DC on environmental management in developing countries. He also has experience managing a rural health intervention while at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India. Faraz holds a B.A. in Economics from New York University and an M.A. in International and Development Economics from Yale University.
Former research assistants
Nina Brooks, MPP
Genna Gomes, MEM
Sherri Haas, MPP
Jessica Lewis, PhD
Laura Morrison, MPP
Jeffrey Paulk, MPP
Alisha Pinto, MPP
Lisa Philippone, MSc
Alayne Potter, MEM