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Hisham Zerriffi

Associate Professor
Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Forest Sciences Centre
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

work phone: 604-827-4468

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.


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Selected Publications

Lauren Nerfa, Jeanine M. Rhemtulla, Hisham Zerriffi (2020). Forest dependence is more than forest income: Development of a new index of forest product collection and livelihood resources World Development 125
Alexandros Korkovelos, Hisham Zerriffi, Mark Howells, Morgan Bazilian, H-Holger Rogner, Francesco Fuso Nerini (2020). A Retrospective Analysis of Energy Access with a Focus on the Role of Mini-Grids Sustainability
Sandeep Pai, Hisham Zerriffi, Jessica Jewell, Jaivik Pathak (2020). Solar has greater techno-economic resource suitability than wind for replacing coal mining jobs Environmental Research Letters
Vikas Menghwani, Hisham Zerriffi, Alexandros Korkovelos, Babak Khavari, Andreas Sahlberg, Mark Howells, Dimitris Mentis (2020). Planning with justice: Using spatial modelling to incorporate justice in electricity pricing – The case of Tanzania Applied Energy 264
Abhishek Kar, Michael Brauer, Rob Bailis, Hisham Zerriffi (2020). The risk of survey bias in self-reports vs. actual consumption of clean cooking fuels World Development Perspectives
Kelly Sharp, Hisham Zerriffi, Philippe Le Billon (2019). Land scarcity, resettlement and food security: Assessing the effect of voluntary resettlement on diet quality in Malawi Food Security
E. Puzzolo, H. Zerriffi, E. Carter, H. Clemens, H. Stokes, P. Jagger, J. Rosenthal, and H. Petach (2019). Supply Considerations for Scaling Up Clean Cooking Fuels for Household Energy in Low‐ and Middle‐Income Countries GeoHealth
Levine, J, A Isaeva, H Zerriffi, IMS Eddy, M Foggin, SE Gergel, and SM Hagerman (2019). Testing for consensus on Kyrgyz rangelands: local perceptions in Naryn Oblast Ecology & Society 24: 36
Kelly Sharp, Philippe Le Billon and Hisham Zerriffi (2019). Land reforms and voluntary resettlement: household participation and attrition rates in Malawi Journal of Peasant Studies 46:5/956-982
Vikas Menghwani, Hisham Zerriffi, Puneet Dwivedi, Julian D. Marshall, Andrew Grieshop, and Rob Bailis (2019). Determinants of Cookstoves and Fuel Choice Among Rural Households in India EcoHealth 16(1)
Francesco Fuso Nerini, Benjamin Sovacool, Nick Hughes, Laura Cozzi, Ellie Cosgrave, Mark Howells, Massimo Tavoni, Julia Tomei, Hisham Zerriffi and Ben Milligan (2019). Connecting climate action with other Sustainable Development Goals Nature Sustainability
Abhishek Kar, Shonali Pachauri, Rob Bailis, Hisham Zerriffi (2019). Using sales data to assess cooking gas adoption and the impact of India’s Ujjwala programme in rural Karnataka Nature Energy
Tonya Smith, Janette Bulkan, Hisham Zerriffi, James Tansey (2019). Indigenous peoples, local communities, and Payments for Ecosystem Services The Canadian Geographer
Yu Wang, Mahmood Ebadian, Shahab Sokhansanj, Erin Webb, Hisham Zerriffi, Anthony Lau (2018). A novel risk analysis methodology to evaluate the economic performance of a biorefinery and to quantify the economic incentives for participating biomass producers Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining
Michiko Namazu, Don MacKenzie, Hisham Zerriffi, and Hadi Dowlatabadi (2018). Is Carsharing for Everyone? Understanding the Diffusion of Carsharing Services Transport Policy
Rene Reyes, Harry Nelson, Hisham Zerriffi (2018). Firewood: Cause or Consequence? Underlying Drivers of Firewood Production in the south of Chile Energy for Sustainable Development
Joleen Timko, Philippe Le Billon, Hisham Zerriffi, Jordi Honey-Roses, Ian de la Roche, Chris Gaston, Terence Sunderland, and Robert Kozak, (2018). A policy nexus approach to forests and the SDGs: tradeoffs and synergies Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability Volume 34, Pages 7-12.
Abhishek Kar and Hisham Zerriffi (2018). From cookstove acquisition to cooking transition: Framing the behavioural aspects of cookstove interventions Energy Research and Social Sciences
Francesco Fuso Nerini, Nick Hughes, Laura Cozzi, Ellie Cosgrave, Mark Howells, Benjamin Sovacool, Massimo Tavoni, Julia Tomei, Hisham Zerriffi, Ben Milligan (2018). Correspondence: Use SDGs to guide climate action Nature
D. Singh, T. Aung, H. Zerriffi (2018). Resource Collection Polygons: A spatial analysis of woodfuel collection patterns Energy for Sustainable Development
Sameer Shah and Hisham Zerriffi (2017). Urban Water Demand, climatic variation, and irrigation-water insecurity: interactive stressors and lessons for water governance from the Angat River basin (Philippines) Water International
Devyani Singh, Shonali Pachauri, Hisham Zerriffi (2017). Environmental Payoffs of LPG Cooking in India Environmental Research Letters
Eddy, IMS, Sarah E Gergel, Nicholas C Coops, Geoffrey M Henebry, Jordan Levine, Hisham Zerriffi, Evgenii Shibkov (2017). Integrating remote sensing and local ecological knowledge to monitor rangeland dynamics Ecological indicators 82: 106-116
Jordan Levine, Aiganysh Isaeva, Ian Eddy, Marc Foggin, Sarah Gergel, Shannon Hagerman, Hisham Zerriffi (2017). A cognitive approach to the post-Soviet Central Asian pasture puzzle: new data from Kyrgyzstan Regional Environmental Change 17(3), 941-947
Hisham Zerriffi, Sam Hargadine, Jessica Gajarsa, Joseph Schumacher (2017). Synthesis Report: Decentralized Energy Portfolio Review United States Agency for International Development
Hisham Zerriffi, Hari Natarajan, Narmada Purohit, Sam Hargadine (2017). COUNTRY REPORT AND CASE STUDY SUMMARIES – INDIA DECENTRALIZED ENERGY PORTFOLIO REVIEW United States Agency for International Development
Elizabeth Baldwin, Hisham Zerriffi, Jessica Gajarsa, Sam Hargadine (2017). COUNTRY REPORT AND CASE STUDY SUMMARIES – TANZANIA DECENTRALIZED ENERGY PORTFOLIO REVIEW United States Agency for International Development
Robert Bailis, Hisham Zerriffi, Jessica Gajarsa, Sam Hargadine (2017). COUNTRY REPORT AND CASE STUDY SUMMARIES – BRAZIL DECENTRALIZED ENERGY PORTFOLIO REVIEW United States Agency for International Development
Abhishek Kar and Hisham Zerriffi (2017). Accelerating the blue-flame revolution in India Express News Service
Abhishek Kar and Hisham Zerriffi (2017). What is worse than breathing Delhi air? Rural India chokes on solid fuel fumes every day FirstPost
Shigaeva, Jyldyz, Shannon Hagerman, Hisham Zerriffi, Chris Hergarten, Aiganysh Isaeva, Zuura Mamadalieva & Marc Foggin (2016). Decentralizing governance of agropastoral systems: The development and practice of “local governance” during the transitional phase of pasture reforms in Kyrgyzstan Mountain Research and Development 36 (1), 91-101
B Riehl, H Zerriffi, R Naidoo (2015). Effects of community-based natural resource management on household welfare in Namibia PloS one 10 (5), e0125531
OE Freeman, H Zerriffi (2015). Complexities and challenges in the emerging cookstove carbon market in India Energy for Sustainable Development 24, 33-43
OE Freeman, H Zerriffi (2014). How you count carbon matters: implications of differing cookstove carbon credit methodologies for climate and development cobenefits Environmental science & technology 48 (24), 14112-14120
Reza Kowsari, Hisham Zerriffi (2011). Three dimensional energy profile:: A conceptual framework for assessing household energy use Energy Policy 39 (12), 7505-7517
G Shrimali, X Slaski, MC Thurber, H Zerriffi (2011). Improved stoves in India: A study of sustainable business models Energy Policy 39 (12), 7543-7556
W Foell, S Pachauri, D Spreng, H Zerriffi (2011). Household cooking fuels and technologies in developing economies Energy Policy 39 (12), 7487-7496
Shonali Pachauri, Abeeku Brew-Hammond, DF Barnes, DH Bouille, S Gitonga, V Modi, G Prasad, A Rath, H Zerriffi (2011). Energy Access for Development The Global Energy Assessment: Toward a More Sustainable Future. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria and Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA
H. Zerriffi (2011). Innovative business models for the scale-up of energy access efforts for the poorest Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 3 (4), 272-278
SD Donner, M Kandlikar, H Zerriffi (2011). Preparing to manage climate change financing Science
Hisham Zerriffi (2010). Rural electrification: strategies for distributed generation Springer