Urban Transformation in South Africa Through Co-Designing Energy Services Provision Pathways

The project will focus on co-designing context sensitive energy provision pathways that will achieve impact with academic, policy, practitioner, and community beneficiaries.

The aim of the project is to contribute to the transformation of South African cities towards a more sustainable and inclusive energy profile in support of national goals of improving welfare, encouraging economic activities, creating employment, and reducing carbon emissions. The focus of the research is on South Africa, with possible wider implication for Sub-Saharan Africa. The work packages are:

WP1: Urban energy configurations
WP2: Low carbon urban energy provision
WP3: Energy poverty and urban livelihood opportunities
WP4: Inclusive transformation and co-designing energy services pathways
WP5: Synthesis, policy and practice recommendations

It is a collaboration between South African research partners (the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre) and UK partners (King’s College London; the University of Manchester; Plymouth University and the University Of Sussex), together with the local energy transition expertise of Sustainable Energy Africa.

Donor: National Research Foundation of South Africa
Project timeframe: January 2016 – December 2019
Project manager: Peta Wolpe