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Mark C. Thurber, PhD

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September 30th, 2013

To promote adoption of household health technologies, think beyond health

PESD associate director Mark Thurber and research collaborators at Stanford have found in a review of the medical and public health literatures that health improvement is rarely the principal reason why households adopt health-improving technologies like insecticide-treated nets, point-of-use water treatments, and improved biomass cookstoves. These findings, which appear in the American Journal of Public Health, suggest that wider health impact can be achieved by paying more attention to non-health motivations for adoption. Read more »


Thurber and Wolak simulate carbon cap and trade in Stanford GSB course

PESD associate director Mark Thurber and director Frank Wolak taught a course on "Energy Markets and Policy" at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in which student teams played the role of California power companies bidding generation into wholesale electricity markets and trading carbon allowances to cover their emissions. The surprising results of this cap and trade simulation are published in the Aug/Sep 2013 issue of The Electricity Journal. Read more »


Thurber discusses outlook for Latin American NOCs

PESD associate director Mark Thurber spoke with David Casallas of Business News Americas about how the outlook for national oil companies in Latin America is shaped by governance and risk. Read more »




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RI to import 4.5m tons of LNG starting in 2013
An energy expert from Stanford University in the United States, Mark C. Thurber, said Indonesia needed to gradually increase the price of gas for industrial users in order to encourage gas exploration activities. "A strategy that some companies have ...
February 24, 2011 in Jakarta Post

Next-generation power grid research funded by Stanford
Frank Wolak and Mark Thurber — who run the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies ...
November 18, 2010 in Stanford Report