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Research Activities

Assembling a broad spectrum of on-campus work in household energy, Duke Cookstove Research Initiative represents research activities across an array of disciplines at the university.

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Behavior, environment and health in developing countries

SK Pattanayak and A Pfaff.  ”Behavior, environment and health in developing countries: Evaluation and valuation.” Annual Review of Resource Economics. 1: 183‐222. We consider health and environmental quality in developing countries, where limited resources constrain behaviors that combat enormously burdensome health challenges. We focus on four huge challenges that are preventable (i.e., are resolved in …

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Child and Adult Health Benefits from Improved Cookstoves in Nepal

KP Pant, SK Pattanayak.  ”Estimating Child and Adult Health Benefits from Interventions that Reduce Indoor Air Pollution in Rural Nepal.” Large proportion of rural people in developing countries still use solid fuels for cooking.  Studies have found that indoor air pollution from the smoke from solid fuels have an adverse impact on the health of …

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Climate change, cook stoves, and coughs and colds

Pant, KP, SK Pattanayak, and MBM Thakuri. 2010. Climate change, cook stoves, and coughs and colds: Thinking global and acting local in rural Nepal. Improved cook stoves (ICS) are widely viewed as a relatively cheap and effective way to resolve a major public health problem: acute respiratory infections from indoor air pollution. It is no …

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Common Environmental Exposures and COPD

J Holllingsworth, and WJ Martin, II Lung Health Professional Magazine, Vol 2, Num 1, 2011 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of illness and death throughout the world and currently a leading cause of worldwide mortality. Unlike other common causes of mortality, the burden of COPD continues to increase with projections. The National Institutes of …

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Comparing household innovation across the border of Benin and Togo

KJ Wendland, SK Pattanayak, and EO Sills. “Democracy and Dictatorship: Comparing household innovation across the border of Benin and Togo” The technology adoption literature suggests that micro-level factors, such as resource endowments and household preferences, determine adoption of new innovations. However, few adoption studies look across national boundaries and consider the effects that macro-level factors …

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Cookstove Program Evaluation

Designing Tools for Effective Program Evaluation E Vergnano and J Colvin Two recent graduates of the Nicholas School at Duke conducted innovative research analyzing the distribution of current improved cookstove programs, the populations they serve, and implications for future implementation projects. The research utilized survey information from the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA).  PCIA …

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Cookstoves’ impact on forests, climate, and health

N. Bruns, Sanford School of Public Policy Undergraduate Student. Duke University. Efforts to provide households in the developing world with improved cook stoves have been discussed for over 30 years.  While these efforts have brought minimal returns over this time, they have received a renewed emphasis following an increasing body of work identifying stoves as a …

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Costs and Benefits of Improved Cookstoves

M Jeuland, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. 2011. The current focus on improved cook stoves focuses on the “triple benefits” they provide, in improved health and time savings for households, in preservation of forests and associated ecosystem services, and in reducing emissions that contribute to global climate change. Despite the purported economic benefits …

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Drivers of the Adoption of Stoves in Indonesia

J Lamarre‐Vincent. “What drives the adoption of stoves and improvements in respiratory health in Indonesia? Evidence from three waves of IFLS (1997, 2000, 2007).” Duke University. 2011 This paper examines two factors involved in the environmental health risk of indoor air pollution for households in Indonesia. First, I examine the determinants of a household’s decision …

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Health and Environmental Impacts of Household Energy Choices in India

SK Pattanayak, J Hollingsworth, P Kussin, WM Foster, P Kasibhatla, J Meyer. Our team of social scientists (S. Pattanayak), biomedical researchers (J. Hollingsworth, P. Kussin, W.M. Foster) and environmental scientists (P. Kasibhatla, J. Meyer) has recently receiving funding to launch a pilot project establishing a cohort of 250 households with recently installed biogas stoves and …

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Implications of Energy Poverty in India

R Kumar. “What are the implications of Energy Poverty in India? Evidence from IHDS, India.” Duke University. 2011. This master’s project examines the concept of energy poverty on micro level sample survey data collected from Indian households between November 2004 and October 2005. Energy poverty refers to the lack of access of poorer households’ to …

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Improved Cookstove (Lewis, 2011)

Systematic Review of Cookstove Adoption

JJ Lewis and SK Pattanayak. “Household Adoption of Improved Fuels  and Cookstoves: A Systematic Review”.  Duke University. 2011. The case has been made that clean energy technologies have the potential to deliver the triple dividends of household health and time savings, local environmental quality, and regional and global, and provide a highly beneficial return on cheap investments. …

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TRAction seeks to explain household behavior surrounding investment in and use of improved cookstoves (ICS). Examining various aspects of cookstove adoption behavior, the TRAction framework aims to update and refine common theories of behavior change and derive testable predictions of which types of interventions can increase the adoption and use of ICS. Project Location: Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, …

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Can improved household energy technologies deliver health, livelihood, environmental, and climate benefits? The three-fold benefits of improved cookstoves, including increased fuel collection time-savings, reduced local environmental degradation, and decreased black carbon emissions, have been widely cited, however the evidence base for these claims is thin. A multidisciplinary faculty team from diverse parts of the university together …

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Duke Medical

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Other Cookstove Related Research in the Triangle Area

The Past, Present, and Future of Improved Cookstove Initiatives

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