Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Rahel Deribe Bekele

Research Scientist, James E. Rogers Energy Access Project


Rahel D. Bekele is a research scientist at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. By training, she is an economist, specialized in agriculture, environment and natural resource. Her prior and ongoing research work focuses on agricultural water management, irrigation, energy, climate change, gender in agriculture, poverty, and environment in sub-Saharan Africa. Methodologically, she focuses on agricultural household models and non-market valuation techniques. At Duke, Rahel’s work will include evaluating the impact of solar mini-grid-powered irrigation projects on resilience and sustainability for farm enterprises and households. She completed her PhD from Center for Development Research (ZEF), Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn. She received her MSc and BA degrees in Economics from Addis Ababa University.