The Environmental-Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU) seeks to enhance policy-making in the field of environmental and natural resource economics for sustainable development and poverty reduction in South Africa and Southern Africa.

EPRU does this through rigorous applied research using a range of econometric and experimental methods. Additionally, the centre has a strong a focus on capacity building and building collaborative networks across academia, government, non-governmental organisations, and the private sector.

Major areas of contribution
EPRU specializes in multiple fields of research, with intersections in the areas of sustainable development, behavioral change, and ecosystems management. Priority areas relate to energy, water, and waste; land, living resources, and community wellbeing; and climate change adaptation.

EPRU is based at the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and is a regional centre for EfD.