Jennifer Burney

Jennifer Burney is an environmental scientist whose research focuses on simultaneously achieving global food security and mitigating climate change. She designs, implements, and evaluates technologies for poverty alleviation and agricultural adaptation, and studies the links between “energy poverty”— the lack of access to modern energy services—and food or nutrition security, the mechanisms by which energy services can help alleviate poverty, the environmental impacts of food production and consumption, and climate impacts on agriculture.

Much of Burney's current research focuses on the developing world, and she is particularly interested in the science, technology, and policy of short-lived climate pollutants and the role that mitigation of these compounds can play in meeting both climate and food security objectives.

Burney is a fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University and member of the National Geographic Explorers family. She leads the Science Policy Fellows Program at the School of Global Policy and Strategy. She received her PhD in physics from Stanford University. 

  • Energy
  • Environment and climate change
  • Food security, production, and agriculture
  • Poverty alleviation

Heft-Neal, Sam, Jennifer Burney, Eran Bendavid, and Marshall Burke. 2018. Robust Relationship Between Air Quality and Infant Mortality in Africa. Nature 559:254–58.

Alaofe, H., J. Burney, R. Naylor, and D. Taren. Forthcoming. Prevalence of Anemia, Deficiencies of Iron and Vitamin A, and Their Determinants in Rural Women and Young Children from Northern Benin. Public Health and Nutrition.

Collins, W. D., S. J. Davis, R. Bales, J. Burney, R. McCarthy, E. Rignot, W. Torre, and  D. Victor. 2016. Science and Pathways for Bending the Curve. Collabra 2 (1).

Alaofe, H., J. Burney, R. Naylor, and D. Taren. 2016. Solar-powered drip irrigation impacts on crops production diversity and dietary diversity in Northern Benin. Food and Nutrition Bulletin 37 (2).

Sanford, L.,  and J. Burney. 2015. Cookstoves illustrate the need for a comprehensive carbon market. Environmental Research Letters 10 (8).

Burney, J., and  V. Ramanathan. 2014. Recent climate and air pollution impacts on Indian agriculture. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (46).

 Kar, A., I. H. Rehman, J. Burney, P.S. Praveen, R. Suresh, L. Singh, V. K. Singh, T. Ahmed, N. Ramanathan, and V. Ramanathan. 2012, Real-time assessment of black carbon pollution in Indian households due to traditional and improved biomass cookstoves. Environmental Science and Technology 46 (5).