Biomass Cookstoves and Human Health Research, RTI International

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At RTI, we apply our technical knowledge, in-country experience, and collaboration skills to better understand and solve the critical health and environmental problems created by indoor use of biomass cookstoves in developing countries. Working with the scientific community and U.S. federal agencies, and investing our own funds, we are tackling the technical, economic, and societal challenges that make this issue so complex.

Our Goals in Biomass Cookstove Research

  • Identify social and economic realities in developing nations that have inhibited implementation of new cookstove designs and work with experts in government and NGOs to find more effective paths forward
  • Identify the technology gaps and mechanisms for commercializing improved designs
  • Devise better cookstove technologies that enhance the probability of acceptance and long-term usage by people in developing countries
  • Develop the integrated tools and policies needed to sustain and socialize this effort and speed diffusion of new technologies in developing nations
  • Enhance the ability of health studies to define disease-specific dose-response relationships


David Stokes, Technology Manager, RTI International

Jonathan Thornburg, Senior Research Engineer, RTI International

Katherine Bronstein, Environmental Scientist and Engineer, RTI International

Keith Weitz, Environmental Scientist, RTI International

Laura Morrison, Economist, RTI International

Michael Phillips, Health Research Analyst, RTI International

Myles Elledge, Senior Director, RTI International

Ryan Chartier, Chemist, RTI International


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