Consortium Partners


Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) promotes equitable, low carbon, clean energy development in urban South Africa and Africa. We do this through research, capacity building, policy engagement and information dissemination.

While SEA works with all three spheres of government, we focus particularly on local government as this is the seat of delivery, and where capacity shortages are greatest. Sustainable energy transitions require that municipalities take a more proactive role in energy management if the country is to meet the challenges of sustainable development.

Energy Research Centre

The Energy Research Centre (ERC) is an African-based multi-disciplinary research centre which pursues excellence in technology, policy and sustainable development research, education and capacity building programmes at a local and international level.

The organisation’s core activity is energy. Under the umbrella of this first line activity, the organisation is involved in the following major undertakings:

  • Research
  • Education and capacity building
  • Energy services of benefit to the community at large.

The ERC seeks to become an outstanding organisation in the area of energy and cross-cutting themes, to be acknowledged for its performance, capacity, and positive contribution to the development of the community and employees.

Kings College London
The researchers in this project are based in the Geography Department. The Department’s research embraces both human and physical geography and is applied to engage with policy development on global, national and local scales, relating to pressing environmental, urban and social issues, such as climate change, water, disasters, smart cities and fire hazards. Research is organised around five knowledge domains:  Environmental Dynamics; Urban Futures; Contested Development and Risk and Society.

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The researchers in this project are based at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU). Research addresses pressing global policy agendas, including the future of industrial policy, inclusive economic growth, the politics of scientific expertise, energy policy, security issues, entrepreneurship, and pathways to a more sustainable future. We work across a broad range of sectors including food, energy, healthcare, biotechnology and ICT. We are driven by a desire to tackle real-world questions, whilst also contributing to a deeper theoretical understanding of how innovation is shaping today’s world. Drawing on insights from across the social and natural sciences, engineering and humanities, SPRU’s pioneering research is known and respected worldwide. Located within the School of Business, Management and Economics, SPRU is a dynamic contributor to the University of Sussex’s wider culture of research and teaching excellence.

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The researchers in this project are based at the School of Environment, Education and Development at Manchester University. SEED research projects and centres revolve around four core themes. These themes are designed to resonate with stakeholders on local, national and international scales, bringing together researchers across the five disciplines that comprise SEED. Our themes are environmental change, governance, policy and practice; poverty and social justice and urbanism.

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The researchers in this project are based at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering) at Plymouth University.