February 9, 2021 | Setu Pelz, researcher in the RLI Off-Grid Systems Unit at RLI is the winner of the annual Peccei Award for participants of the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP), hosted by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. Setu was selected for the 2020 summer program and conducted a joint research project with his IIASA YSSP supervisor, Dr. Shonali Pachauri. Their research examined the causal relationship between household electrification, entrepreneurship and non-farm employment rates in rural Ethiopia and Nigeria.
IIASA annually recognizes two outstanding research projects from last year’s YSSP cohort with the Peccei and Mikhalevich Awards. The awards include the opportunity for winners to return to the institute for an additional three months to continue their research. The Peccei Award recognizes policy-related research, while the Mikhalevich Award focuses on mathematically and methodologically oriented research.
The RLI extends its sincere congratulations to Setu for winning the YSSP Peccei Award! He has been part of the RLI team since 2017 and is currently also associated with Europa Universität Flensburg as a PhD candidate. The first three years of his PhD research was supported by stipend from Reiner Lemoine Stiftung.