Energy Research Centre team

Harald Winkler, ERCProf. Harald Winkler’s research interests are focused around climate policy, at international and national level.  He led the research work underpinning South Africa’s Long-Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS). His current work includes work with other developing countries to share the LTMS exprience in a programme called MAPS – Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (see www.mapsprogramme.org). He developed the proposal of sustainable development policies and measures (SD-PAMs). Research areas have included equity and future commitments to climate action; economics of climate change mitigation; energy scenarios for South Africa and Cape Town; the links between sustainable development and climate change; renewable energy and mitigation.

Link to institutional webpage: http://www.erc.uct.ac.za/staff/winkler

Jiska de Groot, ERC Dr Jiska de Groot has been involved in several research projects regarding renewable energy deployment, in particular stakeholder engagement with marine renewable energy technologies. Besides her research on renewable energy development and stakeholder engagement, Jiska was involved with the International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy, to contribute to representation of the social sciences in the advancement of the renewable energy sector, and has been involved in geography teaching in the UK. Her current research interests include the social science aspects of the deployment of renewable energy technologies, marine renewable energy, clean energy access, and poverty alleviation in developing countries. Stakeholder engagement, fairness and justice perspectives and decision-making processes.

Link to institutional webpage: http://www.erc.uct.ac.za/staff/degroot

Louise Tait, ERC Louise Tait joined the ERC in January 2012 as a Researcher in the Energy Poverty and Development group. Prior to working at the ERC, she worked for consultancies in both South Africa and the United Kingdom in the fields of economic development and environmental policy. Louise’s main research interests relate to the nexus of energy and development issues in South Africa and other developing countries. Her two main research interests are: extending basic energy access to poor households; and climate change and energy policy design and implementation at both national and urban scales. She is also currently pursuing a Phd investigating energy service delivery in informal settlements.

Link to institutional webpage: http://www.erc.uct.ac.za/staff/tait

Kim Coetzee, ERCDr Kim Coetzee the post-doctoral fellow on this project. Broadly her area of interest is Global Environmental Governance; more specifically she is interested in the overlap between the trade and climate change regimes, low carbon development strategies, and the role of alternative ideational constructs in the governance of climate change.

Link to institutional webpage: http://www.erc.uct.ac.za/postdoc/coetzee