Associate Professor, Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia
Dr. Hisham Zerriffi is an associate professor in forest resources management at the University of British Columbia. He was previously an assistant professor and the Ivan Head South/North Research Chair in the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC.
Zerriffi’s research is at the intersection of technology, energy and the environment, with a particular focus on rural areas of the developing world. Much of his research focuses on institutional factors impacting the diffusion of new technology, determinants and patterns of household energy choice and welfare implications of rural energy use. He is the author or co-author of one book and 38 other peer-reviewed publications and has conducted or supervised field research in a dozen countries. He was a lead author of the Energy Access for Development Chapter of the Global Energy Assessment and a convening lead author in the team that developed indoor air quality guidelines for the World Health Organization. His work on household adoption of technology, business models for energy access, and frameworks for understanding household energy choice are widely cited in the field.
Prior to joining the UBC faculty, Zerriffi was a postdoctoral fellow with the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University and he holds a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in engineering and public policy.