Dustin Welch

PhD Student, JSIS
Dustin Welch


His research asks when and why NGO-led electrification projects catalyze innovation in large-scale, public-private energy initiatives in rural Peru. The empirical focus of his research is an NGO whose success has prompted the Peruvian government to electrify 500,000 homes via solar energy. This demonstrates that small-scale NGO initiatives may be able to spur governments to adopt energy policies that address historical structural inequalities, while progressing towards a global clean energy future. His project offers an ethnography of the policy contact zone between state and non-state actors, both in the capital city and selected rural field sites. A state-society understanding of how energy policy is constructed and negotiated in Peru can generate insights into the politics of clean energy in other developing states.


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies, 2014