Fires, Fuel, and the Fate of 3 Billion examines the complex nexus of issues at play in the developing world's use of crude cookstoves - factors such as poverty, energy, environment, and gender inequality. This multidisciplinary work aims to prompt new awareness of a wicked problem: how families can depend on, and be plagued by, crude cookstoves.
Gautam N. Yadama, PhD, is a Professor at the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, and a Faculty Scholar in Washington University's Institute of Public Health. Professor Yadamas work focuses on understanding the social and environmental challenges of rural poor in the regions of South Asia and China. His research examines the interconnection and interdependent nature of households and communities; there is a particular focus on solutions to improve the social, economic, environmental and health outcomes. Serving as a faculty scholar in Washington Universitys Institute for Public Health, he's been able to conduct extensive community based research specifically in India, Nepal and China. Dr. Yadamas research in India focuses on understanding the livelihoods of natural resource dependent poor and ensuing strategies to achieve sustainability in their lives and resources. In collaboration with the Social Systems Design Lab at the Brown School and the Foundation for Ecological Security, hes engaged in causal loop modeling with rural communities to elicit human and natural resource systems interactions to understand the drivers of sustainable social and ecological systems. Currently, he's involved in the implementation of two projects in India. One is a randomized control trial to study sustainability of new and efficient stove technologies in rural India. Mark Katzman has traveled the globe as a distinguished commercial photographer, on assignments from such publications as Time, Newsweek, Audubon, Backpacker, Food and Wine, Forbes, and Fortune, and such international companies as Microsoft, UBS, Boston Scientific, AT&T, Intel, Honda, Novartis, and Nestle-Purina. Named one of the 200 Best Advertising Photographers in the World in 2012 by Luerzer's Archive, Katzman is considered an international expert on the photogravure process. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and three kids.