Sustainability Science Program

People

Biofuels and Globalization

People

Investigators:

Henry Lee, Jassim M. Jaidah Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government

Robert Lawrence, Albert L. Williams Professor of International Trade and Investment, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Kennedy School of Government

Ricardo Hausmann, Professor of the Practice of Economic Development, Kennedy School of Government and Director, Center for International Development

Researchers:

Jason Blackstock, Master of Public Administration '08, Harvard Kennedy School. Blackstock examined the efficiency and efficacy of biomass-to-liquids programs.

Brian Bombassaro, Master of Public Policy '08, Harvard Kennedy School. Bombassaro analyzed the supply curve for biomass for biofuels and engaged in an assessment of the supply cost of biofuels derived from discarded agricultural products.

Anne Brett, Environmental Science and Public Policy Program, Harvard College. Brett analyzed prices of ethanol from sugar cane, corn, and cellulose. She also studied the transportation logistics and economics of the biofuel chain.

Daniele Cesano, Research Fellow '07-'08, Sustainability Science Program, Center for International Development. Cesano researched biofuel production, rural development and private sector engagement in Brazil. His research culminated in a paper that outlines a set of appropriate socially inclusive and economically sustainable policy recommendations for developing a solid biodiesel industry in the poorer regions of the world. Cesano and the project he helped develop, Pindadas Solar, a community-led approach to water-efficient crop irrigation and biofuel production, won a 2008 SEED Award. 

Benjamin Ganzfried, Harvard College, '08. Ganzfried investigated the economics and potential volume of cellulosic feedstock (corn stover, municipal waste, wood waste and straw grass) for the production of biofuel.

Nicholas Kukrika, Master of Public Policy '07, Harvard Kennedy School. Kukrika authored "Vegetable Oil Based Biofuels in India: An overview of the value chain and analysis of biofuels' pro-poor potential," which we are producing as a discussion paper.

Ashley Mannetta, Environmental Science and Public Policy Program, Harvard College. Mannetta assessed the domestic sugar cane industry and its plans for ethanol production. She examined programs for vetting the sustainable production of biofuels, internationally and domestically.

Kira Matus, Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Fellow '08, Sustainability Science Program, Center for International Development and Harvard Kennedy School PhD '09. Matus' work explores the use of standards, certification and labeling as mechanisms that create markets for more environmentally favorable products. 

Devpriya Misra, Master of Public Administration '09, Harvard Kennedy School. Misra is investigating the link between the price of agricultural and forest commodities and land use conversion for biofuels production internationally. He is also analyzing models for biofuel certification processes, including organic food certification.

Elisa Portale, Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Fellow '09, Sustainability Science Program, Center for International Development. Portale is writing her dissertation on the social and economic implications of community scale biodiesel development in Africa.

Gloria Visconti, Master of Public Administration '08, Harvard Kennedy School, and Fellow, Center for International Development. Ms. Visconti is completing her doctoral dissertation on biofuels and the certification processes and is working at the Inter-American Development Bank, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Unit, Infrastructure and Environment Sector.

Rodrigo Wagner, Doctoral student, Political Economy and Government Program, Harvard Kennedy School. Wagner conducts research with Ricardo Hausmann and presented at the workshop on the Implications of a Future Global Biofuels Market for Economic Development and International Trade on May 9, 2007. Wagner is the co-author with Hausmann of the forthcoming research paper.

Matteo Vittuari, Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow '08-'09, Sustainability Science Program, Center for International Development. His work explores and analyzes local environmental governance and agricultural and rural development policy in Albania on the potential of local biomass production.

Jesse Zwick, Harvard College '09. Zwick is investigating the carbon lifecycles of biofuels and analyzing biofuel polices in California, the United States and the European Union.

Project Management:

Henry Lee, Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government

Amanda Swanson, Program Administrator, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government