Litzow, Erin

Short Bio

Erin Litzow is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in the Food and Resource Economics group.  She holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University and Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked as both a researcher and development practitioner across Africa and Latin America, with work spanning the topics of energy, agriculture, rural market development, governance, and education.

Research interests

Erin’s research interests lie at the intersection of environmental, development, and energy economics. She is currently working on projects related to healthcare facility electrification, clean cookstoves and women’s empowerment, and the impacts of lead pollution on education outcomes.

Grants and consultancy

  • The global landscape of electric cooking, IRENA, 2023
  • Energizing health: accelerating electricity access in health-care facilities, WHO, 2021-2023
  • CIDER Small Grants in Innovative Data, University of British Columbia, 2020-2021
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Explore Grant, 2018-2019


  • President’s Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award, UBC, 2020-2024
  • International Doctoral Fellowship, UBC, 2018-2022
  • John Schildroth Memorial Scholarship, UBC, 2020
  • Fellowship, Duke University Energy Initiative Energy, Summer 2016
People | 14 August 2018