Laura Morrison is a research economist in RTI’s Center for Environmental, Technology, and Energy Economics. Ms. Morrison is experienced in economic, policy, and global health research—designing and conducting evaluations using primary data collection, including field surveys and qualitative interviews. Her research focuses on global health economics and policy, technology adoption and research and development, financial modeling of energy technologies for global health, and women’s and minority entrepreneurship.
Ms. Morrison’s work at RTI focuses on inclusive entrepreneurship and global health innovation. Her current project work includes technology adoption for environmental health technologies, including water and sanitation (WaSH) technologies in low-income country settings, funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is also evaluating an antibiotic development accelerator (BARDA) and conducting research on minority and women-owned small business performance and commercialization for the Small Business Administration, National Women’s Business Council, and Living Cities Foundation.
Before joining RTI, Ms. Morrison conducted research in India with the Duke University Household Energy and Health Initiative, managing demand studies for biomass cookstove and water treatment technologies, including a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)–funded randomized control trial studying price incentives and cookstove technology adoption. Ms. Morrison also has experience in maternal and child health and adolescent sexual health interventions in urban and rural India.