L. Drew Hill

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Website: twitter.com/LawsonHill


BA, Environmental Biology & Chemistry, Colby College, 2009
MPH, Environmental Health & Global Health, Yale University, 2012


My research interests lay in how energy use affects the environment, human health, and climate. I am also interested in the use of social entrepreneurship and free-market principles as means of connecting research outcomes with project implementation and sustainability.

Most recently, my research has focused on the impacts "improved" cooking and heating appliances may have on morbidity and mortality in developing countries. More than 3 billion of the world's poorest people rely on dirty solid fuels to meet their daily energy needs (e.g. wood or charcoal). These fuels, which are most often employed in open fires (read: campfires) or poorly ventilated clay-pot chambers, billow dark & pollutant-rich smoke into users' kitchens and into the local air. The effect is an overwhelming amount of respiratory and cardiovascular disease as well as considerable economic loss, stifled social development, and rapid local climate change. I am using my doctoral research to better characterize the link between household solid fuel use, health, and climate in a way that informs practical stove design, energy and health policy, and social development. I am also interested in using my graduate studies to explore market mechanisms for the distribution and scaling-up of "improved" stove programming.

Selected Publications

Hill, L.D., Olkhanud, P.B., Damdinsuren, Y., Odsuren, M., Edwards, R., Turner, J., Ochir, C., Smith, K.R. Air Pollution and Health in Ulaanbaatar. Ministry of the Environment and Green Development, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2014.

Hill, L.D. The size distribution of PM2.5 in the emissions of “improved” wood cookstoves. Pro Quest: Yale University Masters Thesis. 2012.

Bailis, R. and Hill, L.D. Rigor or rigmarole: inefficiencies in UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism Cookstove Methodologies. Unpublished working paper, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Sciences.

Why I chose the Berkeley EHS program

I came to Berkeley because it offers unparalleled research opportunities at the cutting edge of exposure assessment and energy policy. I aspire to use my career to progress the understanding of how energy-related air pollution exposures and climate impacts affect health, and Berkeley has proven itself to be a powerhouse of experience and innovation in these fields. Cal faculty are world-class scholars and thought leaders in their fields, and the students are brilliant, impassioned, and very open to collaboration— if I had to choose all over, knowing what I know after two years in the program, I’d certainly end up here again.