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Don’t Just Document Declines In Nature. Reverse Them [Podcast]

In a new intergovernmental report, scientists say a million species of plants and animals could go extinct due to climate change, many within our lifetimes. Sanford School Professor Alexander Pfaff contributed to the report. In this episode of Policy 360, he talks about history, and the five hurdles that have tripped policymakers and advocates up in the past when it comes to reversing environmental loss.


Giving Rural Indians What They Want Increases Demand For Cookstoves

Global health efforts to design and deliver improved cookstoves don’t always catch on. Experience has shown poor households in rural settings will rarely pay for or use these new stoves, which are intended to lower firewood demands and improve indoor and outdoor air quality.  However, adopting some common business practices, such as upgrading the supply chain, performing careful market analysis and offering price rebates, can increase purchase and adoption of improved cookstoves by as much as 50 percent in rural India, according to a new study led by Duke University researchers.


Barnes Named Grant Scholar: Will Research Poverty, Race in North Carolina

Carolyn Barnes, assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, has been named a William T. Grant Scholar. The prestigious program selects fewer than six promising early-career researchers each year, based on the scholars’ potential to become influential researchers. Barnes will receive $350,000 over the next five years to support a study titled “How Politics, Poverty, and Social Policy Implementation Shape Racial Inequality in Child Development in the Rural South.” 


Sanford School Launches 328 Graduates

The Sanford School’s graduation ceremonies on May 12 marked a number of milestones: it was the first presided over by Dean Judith Kelley, it celebrated the largest ever class of the Master of Public Policy program, the first class of the International Master of Environmental Policy and the largest PhD cohort to date.


On Leadership, Listening and Learning Arabic

Amulya Vadapalli headshotThroughout her Duke career, Amulya Vadapalli PPS’19 has been preparing to make a difference. By advocating for issues she is passionate about and taking on numerous leadership roles, Vadapalli has been gathering the tools she needs to make an impact.


"The Business of Building Hope" Alumnus Profile: Sarhang Hamasaeed MIDP’07

“I was born into conflict,” said Sarhang Hamasaeed MIDP’07. His parents met when they had become neighbors after their home villages were destroyed. He was four years old when the Iran-Iraq war broke out and he remembers Iranian jets bombing his city.


Student Project: Powering Rural Zambia [Podcast]

As a part of an interdisciplinary team called Bass Connections, a Duke University student team has spent the past academic year trying to get a better understanding of the barriers to energy investment there. The team looked at policy issues, assessed customers’ willingness to pay, and even created a geospatial application so potential investors can easily look at variables in each region before deciding to invest.


Spotlight on the Class of 2019

Sanford students, both undergraduate and graduate, are always an impressive bunch. They come from all over the world, and just down the road in Durham. They start organizations, volunteer in the community, earn awards and develop friendships that have the potential to last a lifetime.


Climate Change: Adding up the Bill [Podcast]

Climate change is affecting both nature and the economy. Who will take the hardest hit financially as the world heats up, and can anything be done about it?


Sanford Faculty Member Named Carnegie Fellow

Sally A. Nuamah, assistant professor at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, has been named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced today. Nuamah is one of 32 scholars selected from 273 nominations for the prestigious fellowship, which includes an award of up to $200,000 to support a research sabbatical. She plans to pursue a study of “How the Punishment of Black Women and Girls Affects Our Democracy.”


Public Policy Graduate Among Three Hart Fellows for 2019-2020

The Hart Leadership Program has announced the 2019-20 Hart Fellows.


‘Accidental Banker’ Lands Dream Job

Sanford alumnus Sekou Kaalund MPP’99 has landed his “dream-come-true job” as head of JP Morgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways initiative. The new program aims to help black Americans achieve greater economic success, and is the first of its kind.