“We wanted to bring Stanford students to Mexico for the in-country portion of the course, despite the U.S. State Department issued travel warning. The Office of International Affairs understood that the city of Puebla was a viable research site and a safe area of Mexico. They advocated on our behalf to all those concerned and helped move the program along, from concept to reality.”- Frank Wolak
OIA provided seed funding and logistical support to the Freeman Spogli Institute’s “Program on Energy and Sustainable Development” to develop a partnership with the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP). As part of the pilot project, Professor Frank Wolak created a course named Econ 121: Social Science Field Research Methods and Applications, which was co-taught by Ognen Stojanovski, and Mark Thurber. The course was followed by a four-week field project that primarily consisted of three things: determining a household's energy consumption, educating the household on how their electricity bill is calculated, and suggesting at least one cost-saving strategy the household could adopt.
Read more about Frank Wolak's project in Mexico in Stanford News