PhDs

The ERC has several PhD researchers affiliated with different teams.

 

Alison Hughes

Alison Hughes

Alison Hughes

Dissertation Title: Meeting the energy needs of the rural poor sustainably.
Supervisor: Gisela Prasad

Alison holds a MSc Degree in Engineering and a BIng in Mechanical Engineering. She has 10 years experience working for the Energy Research Centre. Alison’s research interests focus on energy planning and the modelling of medium and long term demand for energy and energy services across all sectors. The research investigates drivers and determinants of energy demand, and the impacts of policies and measures on energy demand.  In addition to modelling and planning  at the national, regional and local scale, she has also undertaken research to benchmark energy intensities in South Africa, provide sustainable energy alternatives for woodfuel use by the poor, and the monitoring and verification of Demand Side Management interventions. In her spare time Alison loves to hike.

 

Randall Spalding-Fecher

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Randall Spalding-Fecher

Dissertation Title: Impact of climate change and irrigation development in the Zambezi River Basin on hydropower supply, power trade and energy security in the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).
Supervisor: Harald Winkler

Randall has worked in the sustainable development and climate change policy fields for many years and is an independent consultant on methodological issues at the UNFCCC. He is currently Senior Advisor at Carbon & Energy, Carbon Limits AS, based in Cape Town. His specialties include Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) methodology and project development, energy economics, mitigation analysis, and energy efficiency analysis, training and capacity building in energy and climate change. He has a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University and a BA in Biology (magna cum laude) from Harvard University.

 

Kim Coetzee

Kim Coetzee

Kim Coetzee

Dissertation Title: The Elephant in the room: the rise and role of India in the climate change negotiations.
Supervisor: Harald Winkler; Co-supervisor: Karen Smith (Politics Department)

Kim’s research interests lie in global environmental governance, specifically the overlap between the trade and climate change regimes, the role of low carbon development strategies in developing countries, and the emergence of alternative ideational constructs in the governance of climate change. Kim holds an MSocSc in International Relations from UCT, and a BA Honours with distinction from the Open University, UK. Given the option Kim would paraglide off Lion’s head every day for fun; instead she designs websites.

 

Jesse Burton

Jesse Burton

Jesse Burton

Dissertation Title: The implications of climate change mitigation policy for South Africa’s industrial strategy.
Supervisor: Andrew Marquard

Jesse holds a BA (Honours) in History from Rhodes University. She graduated from the ERC in 2011 with a Master of Science in Energy Studies. Her research interests include industrial policy, energy policy, economic history, coal, understanding the transition to a climate-friendly economy for South Africa, the mining and minerals sectors in South Africa, and state-business relations in South Africa. In her spare time Jesse is teaching herself to play the Ukulele.

 

Tara Caetano

Tara Caetano

Tara Caetano

Dissertation (still a theme): Climate change mitigation actions and their potential impact on poverty and inequality in South Africa.

Tara holds an M Eng. in  Energy Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Dissertation: “A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis of the Proposed Build Plans as Presented in the Integrated Resource Plan”; as well as a B.Com. (Honours) in Economics, University of Cape Town, Thesis: “The Impacts of a Structural Shift to Nuclear Power in South Africa”. Tara loves scuba-diving and travelling.

 

Anna Azarch

Anna Azark

Anna Azarch

Dissertation Title: in progress
Supervisor: Andrew Marquard; Co-supervisor: Karen Smith (Politics Department)

Anna Azarch has an MA in International Studies (Cum Laude) and an Honours in Political Science (Cum Laude) both from the University of Stellenbosch. Since graduating in 2010, Anna has been involved in the NGO and research sectors, particularly working on issues relating to the multilateral climate change regime and the poverty-environment nexus. She also has experience teaching undergraduate political science classes. Most of her research deals with issues of governance, the social and political aspects of climate change, development and global change. Theoretically, her research centres around international relations and periods of transition. Her recent focus is the politics of energy and the environment.

 

Loveline Che

Loveline Che

Loveline Che

Dissertation Title: The adoption of Solar Energy Technologies and its Contribution to Poverty Alleviation in South Africa.
Supervisor: Britta Rennkamp

Loveline Che holds a Master of Commerce in Economics from the University of Cape Town. She comes from Bamenda, Cameroon. Loveline is married and has two small children.

Holle Wlokas

Holle Wlokas

Holle Wlokas

Dissertation Title: in progress
Supervisor
: Britta Rennkamp

Holle’s research focuses on energy use and services in (urban) informal settlements, renewable energy interventions for low-income communities, and projects (CDM and voluntary) incorporating poverty alleviation of energy poverty. She has also worked on monitoring and social research in the Kuyasa CDM Project, and subsequently led the social research in a pilot solar water heating project for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (South Africa). Holle holds an MSc  in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin and other qualifications in project management and outcome mapping. Holle is an avid surfer & makes a mean camp-fire.