My Work

I (Marc Jeuland) am an Associate Professor holding primary appointments in the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University, and secondary affiliations with the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Pratt School of Engineering. I am the Faculty Director of the Energy Access Project at Duke, which I co-lead with Jonathan Phillips and a terrific team of colleagues. I also hold a research affiliation with the Rheinisch-Westfalisches Institut (RWI) – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research. Finally, I lead the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI), a global collaborative of researchers who are dedicated to pushing the envelope on problem-oriented social science research that aims to foster more equitable, sustainable, and productive energy transitions globally, with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries.

My research interests include energy and development, nonmarket valuation, water and sanitation, environmental health, the planning and management of trans-boundary water resources and the impacts and economics of climate change (Click here for a narrative summary of my research interests). I have taught undergraduate and Masters-level courses at Duke University including Economics of the Public Sector, Economic Analysis and Evaluation for Public Health and Environment, Water Cooperation and Conflict, and Global Environmental Health.

My main office is in the Sanford School of Public Policy (Rubenstein 254). To reach me, email marc.jeuland[at]

Recent or Active Research Projects by Theme (or location)

Systems analysis, especially in transboundary river systems


Technology adoption and demand for environment quality and health


Impacts, costs and benefits of environmental health and quality interventions


Sustainable energy access and transitions


My research has mostly been concentrated in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and leverages data from micro-level household surveys and experimental or quasi-experimental studies, as well as systems level modeling, especially to understand the impacts of water resources development in transboundary river systems. Besides working with other academics, I collaborate often with researchers and practitioners working in organizations such as the World Bank, USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the World Health Organization, and the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA).

Prior to my graduate studies and work at UNC-Chapel Hill, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa, where I designed and monitored construction of a pilot wastewater treatment system and trained management personnel at the plant’s managing firm. I earned a B.S. in engineering from Swarthmore College.

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