Bio updated 2022.
Annelise Gill-Wiehl is currently an NSF Graduate Student Researcher and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, co-advised by Dr. Dan Kammen and Dr. Isha Ray.
Annelise’s research investigates household energy access in low- and middle- income countries utilizing impact evaluation methods. Her dissertation work centers upon a step wedge randomized control trial investigating micro-savings’ effect on clean cooking fuel consumption in Tanzania. She also studies the impact of different clean cooking pathways (e.g., biomass pellets vs. LPG) and decentralized electrification solutions in East Africa. Finally, she evaluates her work’s implications for climate equity, focusing on women and low-income households.
In 2019, she graduated from the University of Notre Dame as her class salutatorian. While at Notre Dame, Annelise studied Environmental Engineering and International Development Studies. Through the Kellogg Institute, Gill-Wiehl conducted four summers of fieldwork in East Africa from 2016 to 2019 during which she implemented a pilot program that deployed Community Technology Workers to help families transition from firewood and charcoal to gas stoves in Shirati, Tanzania.
Profile below was current as of 2019 when she was part of the on-campus Kellogg community.
Annelise Gill-Wiehl is a senior studying environmental engineering and international development studies. She has worked with the Keough School of Global Affairs’ Associate Dean for Policy and Practice, Sara Sievers, through the Kellogg International Scholars Program. They investigate how to incorporate the preferential option for the poor into policy. Gill-Wiehl’s own research investigates energy infrastructure and the barriers to technology adoption. Most recently, Gill-Wiehl and Professor Sievers have piloted a Community Technology Program in Shirati, Tanzania through a Kellogg Research Grant.
Since freshman year, Gill-Wiehl has been highly involved with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. She has interned for the Foundation of Sustainable Development in Masaka, Uganda. Additionally, Gill-Wiehl conducted roughly 200 household energy surveys through an Experiencing the World Fellowship to investigate energy infrastructure in Shirati. Her research interests are at the intersection of engineering and policy in the East African context. She hopes to pursue a PhD to further investigate these issues.
Thesis Title: Pilot of Community Technology Workers in Shirati, Tanzania
My current research interests include investigating the role of community development in sustainable technology and practical policy to ensure adoption.
My current research investigates the possible role of a trained community worker in helping families transition to the gas stove.
International Scholars Head To Top Jobs, Graduate Schools
May 21, 2019
A number of graduating seniors affiliated with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies have received prestigious research grants or awards, while others are entering competitive graduate programs.
International Scholar, IDS Minor Named ND Salutatorian
May 16, 2019
International Development Studies minor Annelise Gill-Wiehl, who has developed a program to introduce gas stoves in Tanzania, has been named salutatorian of the University of Notre Dame’s 2019 graduating class.
Changing the Way Change Happens—and Changing the Voices in the Conversation
Mar 4, 2019
The GlobeMed Summit Conference is a three-day weekend in which the most vibrant and active young voices in global health come together to discuss partnership, lifting up narratives in health, and the need for advocacy work in the field.