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Luciane Lenz

Researcher, Research Group "Climate Change in Developing Countries"

Luciane Lenz

Luciane Lenz is a researcher in the “Climate Change in Developing Countries” unit at RWI and a PhD candidate in Development Economics at the University of Passau.

Her research focuses on the adoption of modern energy technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the impacts thereof on energy uses, (economic) wellbeing, health, and the environment. Among others, she studies potentials of on- and off-grid electrification in rural Rwanda, and cooking stove markets in rural Senegal. Her research relies on applied microeconometrics, experimental and quasi-experimental methods as well as qualitative approaches. Most of her work is based on data collected under her supervision. Luciane is research associate at the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) at Duke University, and her work is published in World Development. Furthermore, she has been involved in impact evaluations on behalf of the Dutch Foreign Ministry and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

Luciane holds a Bachelor in International Management from the University of Flensburg and a Master in Development Economics from the Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany. In the course of her activities, she acquired international working experience in Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Senegal, and Thailand.

Research Interests

Development economics, energy economics, applied econometrics

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Luciane Lenz

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