Elise Harrington

Elise is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying environmental policy and planning. She is interested in energy policy, electricity access, and environmental regulation. At MIT, her dissertation research examines how renewable energy intermediaries in the Global South bridge gaps in service provision and enhance technology access, adoption, and standard setting. This research will contribute to our understanding of how to sustainably expand electricity access and increase renewable energy penetration.

Prior to MIT, Elise worked as a research assistant for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania examining regulatory design and enforcement. Additionally, she worked at the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub in Philadelphia. Elise is also a fellow at MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design. She holds a B.A. in Architecture and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.