Erin Lenz Litzow

Erin Lenz Litzow

I am an environmental economist who conducts research focusing on energy transitions and environmental management in developing contexts. I have experience designing and conducting large-scale policy evaluations and working effectively at different scales all over the world.

Career Interests

Environmental Economics, Development Economics, Energy Access, Quantitative Research
Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


DUKE UNIVERSITY, Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC
Master of Environmental Management, expected May 2017
Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy
Research projects: 
•    (Thesis) Impacts of Rural-electrification in the Kingdom of Bhutan
•    Cookstoves and Air Pollution in Madagascar: Finding Winning Solutions for Human Health and Biodiversity
•    Regulatory Bargaining in the Unconventional Fossil Fuel Sector

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC
Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, cum laude, May 2011
Major: International Political Economy, Minor: International Development    
Thesis: Effective Co-Management Arrangements for Small-Scale Artisanal Fisheries
Supplemental Study: 
•    Development Studies at the School for International Training in Uganda
•    Community-based Learning Summer Program at Universidad San Alberto Hurtado, Santiago de Chile; 
•    National Outdoor Leadership School


Professional Experience

DUKE UNIVERSITY, Durham, NC, Research Associate, Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative, Aug 2016-present
• Research: Estimating impacts of rural electrification using quasi-experimental methodologies, systematic review of drivers and impacts of sustainable energy transitions
• Presentations: Presented progress of systematic review at Environment for Development (EfD) annual meeting in Pucón, Chile; Presented preliminary results of electrification impact evaluation at Triangle Research Initiative on Household Energy Transitions (TRI-HET) in Durham, NC
• Communications & Administration: Engage network members through social media and blogs, support member activities, including within-network communication and international workshops

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION Geneva, Switzerland, Energy & Economics Fellow, PHE Department, May-August 2016
• Supported WHO’s work on Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
• Research: Created survey tools for use in national surveys to monitor household energy use; Compiled estimates of country-level costs of increasing clean energy access
• Engagement: Interacted with global environmental leaders through Duke University's Program on Global Policy and Governance

INNOVATIONS FOR POVERTY ACTION Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Research Associate, KiuFunza Randomized Controlled Trial, 2013-2016
• Supported the design and implementation of a large-scale, education financing impact evaluation
• Research Design: Conducted primary and secondary research to identify and design creative policies to improve early-grade learning in Tanzania, in close collaboration with researchers and policy makers
• Data Collection & Analysis: Designed complex, multi-stage survey instruments; Built data quality control systems; Cleaned data; Analyzed qualitative and quantitative data in support of intervention and evaluation
• Writing and Engagement: Wrote project reports, policy memos, and presentations; Conducted formal and informal outreach to policy makers and funders to promote awareness and continued funding of project
• Project and Personnel Management: Collaborated with a diverse team; Managed implementing partners 

TWAWEZA Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Research Consultant, 2015
• Managed follow-up survey for Twaweza’s external evaluation, covering 250 communities and 5,000 households
• Data Collection: Prepared baseline data, sampled communities and respondents, designed questionnaires for SurveyBe CAI software, conducted piloting exercises, and monitored data collection in the field
• Team Management: Coordinated collaboration between all academic leads, funders and implementers

2SEEDS NETWORK Bombo Majimoto, Korogwe District, Tanzania, Project Coordinator, The Bombo Majimoto Project, 2011-2012
• Founded a sustainable community development project which addressed food and income security in rural Tanzania & achieved 54% return on farmers’ investment
• Community and Relationship Engagement: Built strong relationships with community members in an exclusively Swahili-speaking community, promoted long-term success of project
• Project Management: Designed and implemented micro-loan structure, achieved 100% re-payment rate
• Fundraising: Raised and managed a budget of $18,000 to cover project costs

Additional Information

Software: Stata, MS Office, Captricity; Tableau; Beginners knowledge of SurveyBe,
Latex, and Open Data Kit (ODK)

Awards: Nicholas School of the Environment Scholarship (2015-2017), Duke University Energy Initiative Summer Internship Funding, Duke University Energy Initiative Travel Funding


cost-benefit analysis
environmental economics
international development policy
survey design

Graduation Date

May 2017

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Preferred Sector

Academic Institution
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank