Pam Jagger Jagger Rice(Jagger CV January 2019) is an Applied Political Economist and Associate Professor at the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. Her broad research focus is estimating the human welfare and environmental impacts of environment and development policies and projects. She has written extensively on poverty and environment linkages, forest governance, energy poverty, and evaluating the social impacts of forest-based climate mitigation strategies. She has led major field research projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Myanmar, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. She leads the FUEL Lab.
Jjoepedit-photooe Pedit is an Environmental Engineer with the Carolina Population Center at UNC-CH. His contributions to the FUEL lab include developing sampling protocols to monitor exposure to household air pollution from cooking with biomass, training environmental monitoring field teams, and data analysis. He has supported field projects in Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, and Ghana. He makes a mean carrot cake.
Ther Aung is a Postdoctoral researcher with the FUEL Lab. She has a background in environmental health, specifically in air pollution and exposure assessment. Her dissertation research at the University of British Columbia focused on evaluating the health, climate and livelihood impacts of a cookstove intervention in India. Her work at the FUEL Lab is on a National Science Foundation-funded project titled “Energy Transitions and Environmental Change in Southern Africa’s Coupled Human, Terrestrial, and Atmospheric Systems”. She will support both the environmental monitoring and socioeconomic components of the project.
Ryan McCord is a 2018 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. She double majored in Public Policy and Global Studies and minored in African Studies. She has been working at the FUEL Lab since 2015, providing broad research and proposal writing support for projects in Malawi and Rwanda. She is now the Project Manager for the NSF Energy Poverty PIRE.
Mark Radin is a Ph.D. student at UNC-Chapel Hill at the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering. He received an MA in International Development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the FUEL Lab in 2018 and has been working on numerous projects focused on energy poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is interested in studying policies and interventions promoting environmental health, which includes water, sanitation, and clean cooking.
Stephanie Scott is currently the Project Manager for the FUEL Lab at the University of Michigan. She received her MPP from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and her BA’s in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She spent the past summer interning for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Malawi doing economic research on livelihoods, income, and health among the ultra-poor. She is interested in international policy and evidence-based research alleviating extreme poverty. Previously, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Indonesia.
Wakako Kobayashi is a Master’s candidate at the School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, with a focus on Environmental Justice. She received her BA in Anthropology/Sociology with a minor in Political Science from Sophia University, Tokyo. Her interests are in sustainable urban development, social protection, poverty alleviation, and disaster risk reduction. Having grown up in Metro Manila, Philippines, she is interested in the Southeast Asia region and will work on the FUEL Lab project in Yangon, Myanmar.
Michael Le is an MS/MBA candidate with the School for Environment and Sustainability and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to Michigan he received a B.Comm in Management and Biology from the University of Toronto and has worked in Telecom, Tech, and Packaging. His interests are in leveraging the power of business to create sustainable outcomes, particularly in international settings.
Shannon Lloyd is a Master’s student at the School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, specializing in Environmental Policy and Planning. She received her BA in Geography, concentrating in Earth Science/Environmental Studies and GIS from UNC-Greensboro. Shannon’s undergraduate research focused on the growth of the palm oil industry in Sumatra, Indonesia. She is interested in international policy, clean energy transitions, and GIS and remote sensing studies.
Charlie Lindsey is a current dual degree student in Public Policy at the Ford School and Environmental Policy and Planning at the School for Environment and Sustainability. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in the Central Region of Malawi working in the environment sector. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Forest Resources at the Warnell School of Forestry at the University of Georgia. His interests are in international development, household fuel use, and sustainable forest management.
Olivia Howard is an undergraduate student in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan. She is currently interested in receiving a BA in Public Policy, focusing on foreign affairs and developmental economics. She has previously studied women’s education in South Sudan as an Illinois Global Scholar. Olivia is interested in solutions to alleviate poverty, demographic and population studies and policies that integrate both well-analyzed cultural factors and innovative, sustainable solutions.
Winston Wu is a B.S Candidate at LS&A, University of Michigan, majoring in Mathematical Science and Economics. His interests are in Public Health Policy and Energy Investment. He has research experiences in Probabilistic Lump-Sum Taxation and Urban Environmental Planning in Tianjin City, China. He has previously interned as an Investment Banking Analyst focusing on Global Health Investment. Moreover, he has a strong enthusiasm for marine mammal protection.
FUEL LAB ALUMNI

Antwi-Boasiako Amoah, PhD (University of Ghana) Senior Program Officer, Ghana Environmental Protection Agency

Ashley Bittner, BA (Physics, UNC-CH) PhD student in Civil Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh

Susan Caplow, PhD (Curriculum for Environment and Ecology, UNC-CH) Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at University of Montevallo

Ashley Chaifetz, PhD (Public Policy, UNC-CH) Social Science Research Analyst at Food and Nutrition Service, US Department of Agriculture

Ipsita Das, PhD (Public Policy, UNC-CH) Postdoctoral Researcher, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Anna Gallerani, BA (Economics, UNC-CH) Peace Corps, Mchinji, Malawi

Esther Giezendanner, MPH, RD (Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-CH), Pediatric Nutrition, Cook Children’s Pulmonary Clinic, Fort Worth, Texas

Laura Hamrick, BSc (Environmental Science, UNC-CH) Office of Information Technology, University of Colorado, Boulder

Noah Kittner, BSc (Environmental Science, UNC-CH; PhD Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley) Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chigozie Okwu, MPP (Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, UM), MS (School for Environment and Sustainability, UM) United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Pushpendra Rana, PhD (Geography, UI; Postdoctoral Researcher FUEL Lab, UNC-CH)  Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Illinois

Sam Sellers, PhD (Curriculum for Environment and Ecology, UNC-CH; Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Health and the Global Environment, University of Washington) Science and Technology Policy Fellow (AAAS), United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

 

Malawi FUEL Team: Howa Banda, Effie Bvutula, Henry Chimbiri, Chikondi Mendulo, Winnie Ngoma, and Tione Phwandaphwanda

Uganda GLASS Team: Arthur Arinaitwe, Brian Isingoma, Issa Katwesige, Shallon Kihembo, Grace Nyesiga, Paul Sserumaga, and Samson Tweheyo.