Hisham Zerriffi

Wall Associate


Forest Resources Management





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Hisham Zerriffi

Hisham Zerriffi is an Associate Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia (UBC).  He was previously an Assistant Professor and the Ivan Head South/North Research Chair in the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC.  Dr. 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. Prior to joining the UBC Faculty, Dr. Zerriffi was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University. Dr. Zerriffi holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy.

Primary Recipient Awards

Hisham Zerriffi – Theme Development Workshop – 2017
Hisham Zerriffi – Wall Solutions – 2015

Monitoring and evaluation of adoption and use of LPG for cooking in rural Gujarat

Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Hisham Zerriffi, Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC

Partner(s): Mr. Anurag Bathnagar, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Gujarat, India; Dr. Elisa Puzzolo, Global LPG Partnership, New York

Millions of households in India rely on burning biomass to meet their basic cooking needs. This is hazardous to health as well as having other socio-economic and environmental costs. This project would establish a novel approach to disseminating cleaner cooking technologies and fuels. The Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is an organization representing two million self-employed women in India. It is working with the Global Liquid Petroleum Gas Partnership (GLPGP) to both set up a women-led distribution system for clean fuels at the same time as working with their members to educate them about the benefits of clean cooking. UBC researchers will provide independent monitoring and verification of a pilot project (1,500 households) as a stepping-stone to a larger project that could potentially reach a few hundred thousand households.

Op ed in the New Indian Express by Abhishek Kar and Hisham Zerriffi: What is worse than breathing Delhi air? Rural India chokes on solid fuel fumes every day