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Martine Visser is the Director of EfD in South Africa/EPRU. The members of our team are listed below.

  • Center Director and Senior Research fellow

Visser, Martine

Martine Visser is the centre director of EPRU. She is a Professor in the School of Economics, University of Cape Town and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Martine is currently a Research Chair with the African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI).

  • Center Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow

Turpie, Jane

Jane Turpie is the deputy director of EPRU. She has a PhD in Behavioural Ecology (1994) and has worked and taught in the applied fields of Conservation Biology and Resource Economics for the past 16 years.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Muchapondwa, Edwin

Edwin Muchapondwa is a Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town and a Senior Research Fellow of the EfD in South Africa/the Environmental-Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU). He is also a Guest Professor at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden. He is a former Director of both the School of Economics and EPRU at the University of Cape Town.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Leiman, Anthony

Tony Leiman is an associate professor at the University of Cape Town and former director of EPRU. He has been researching and teaching environmental economics since 1990. In 1993/4 he spent a sabbatical year at CSERGE (University College London) which cemented his interest in the field. His research areas include fisheries, mining, pollution control, and project appraisal.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Black, Anthony

Anthony Black is Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He holds degrees from the universities of Cape Town, Sussex (United Kingdom) and Natal (Durban). From 2003 to 2005 he was Director of the School of Economics. His main fields of expertise are development economics, trade and industrial policy and in particular the automotive industry.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Kibira, Gerald

Gerald Kibira is completing his PhD studies through the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. His research interests are in wildlife conservation, natural resource management, and evaluation of non-market environmental goods. He is currently working with professor Edwin Muchapondwa.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Otieno, Jackson

Jackson Otieno is a PhD student at the School of Economics, University of Cape Town. His research currently focuses on climate change, agriculture and wildlife conservation. He is being supervised by A/Prof. Edwin Muchapondwa.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Coldrey, Kevin

Kevin Coldrey has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Cape Town (2008), an Honours degree in Economics from UNISA (2011), and an MPhil from the African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town (2017).

  • Senior Research Fellow

Daniels, Reza

Reza Daniels is an associate professor with the School of Economics at UCT. He is contributing to EPRU's emerging research in greener economic growth, waste management and beneficiation, and biomass commercialisation technologies.

  • Junior Research Fellow

McLaren, Megan

Megan McLaren is an IT business analyst by training, with a passion for using technology to promote sustainability and improvements in community services. In her role at EPRU, she is working primarily with a focus on water-use behaviour in the City of Cape Town, while also applying her BA and project management skills to smooth the operations and logistics of a busy research lab.

  • Junior Research Fellow

le Roux, Leonard

Leonard le Roux has masters degrees in applied economics at the University of Cape Town and in development economics from the Centre for Study and Research in International Development (CERDI) at the University of Clermont Auvergne, France. He has an undergraduate background in mathematics, economics and philosophy.

  • Research Analyst

Brühl , Johanna

Johanna Brühl is a research analyst at the Environmental Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town (UCT). She holds a master’s degree in Applied Economics from UCT’s School of Economics and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the Copenhagen Business School. Johanna’s interests are in the fields of environmental policy and economics, climate change, and sustainability.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Mulwa, Chalmers

Chalmers Mulwa is a doctoral candidate in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). His background is in agriculture and applied economics, and he previously worked at the global agricultural research partnership, the CGIAR, where he focused on socioeconomic research. He is particularly interested in environmental economics and the economics of climate change.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Gitonga, Zachary

Zachary Gitonga is a PhD candidate at the School of Economics at University of Cape Town. His research interest includes impact evaluation, development economics, applied and natural resource economics, and the economics of climate change.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Klege, Rebecca

Rebecca Klege is a PhD candidate at the School of Economics and a researcher at the Environmental Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town. Before enrolling into a Doctoral program, she worked with a team of researchers at the United Nations University - Institute of Natural Resources for Africa (UNU-INRA) in Ghana.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Rugaimukamu, Kevin

Kevin Rugaimukamu is a doctoral candidate in the UCT School of Economics, specialising in natural resource economics. He is also an assistant lecturer in economic studies at the Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy in Tanzania. His research interests include the links between climate change and poverty, non-market valuation, forest conversation, energy economics, risk and uncertainty.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Matema, Collen

Collen Matema is a PhD student in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. His research interests are in Resilience, Livelihoods, Poverty and Community Based Natural Resources Management. He is currently working as a researcher at the University of Zimbabwe’s Institute of Environmental Studies. He is being supervised by Prof. Edwin Muchapondwa (University of Cape Town) and Dr.

  • Dissemination Officer

Joubert, Leonie

Leonie Joubert is a freelance science writer and author, specialising in climate change, energy policy, and hunger in the city-sphere.

  • Research Associate

Dikgang, Johane

Johane Dikgang is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Econometrics, at the University of Johannesburg. He is currently a Research Associate of Environmental Policy Research Unit (EPRU), in the School of Economics, at the University of Cape Town. He holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town.      

  • Research Associate

Komba, Coretha

Coretha Komba obtained her PhD (Economics) at the University of Cape Town in December 2014. The focus of her PhD research was on the economics of climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation in Tanzania. Prior to this, she obtained a Masters Degree in International Development from the International University of Japan.

  • Research Associate

Brown, Gardner

The focus of Professor Emeritus Gardner Brown´s research has been on studying renewable resources models including predator-prey relations, metapopulations and antibiotics. He has had an enduring interest in endangered populations and in non-market valuation including valuations of changes in ecosystems due to global climate change. His most recent research interest is the implic

  • Research Associate

Ziervogel, Gina

Dr Gina Ziervogel is a geographer by training, with 15 years of experience in the field of adaptation and vulnerability to global environmental change. She is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town researching issues related to development in a context of climate change.

  • Research Associate

Akpalu, Wisdom

Wisdom Akpalu was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) in University of Pretoria but has recently moved to the USA. Wisdom Akpalu has an extensive research interest within the broader area of natural resource management, health economics and experimental economics.

  • Research Associate

Booysen, Thinus

MJ (Thinus) Booysen is an Associate Professor at the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department at Stellenbosch University. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology (MIET), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) at the Engineering Council (UK), and a Professional Engineer (PrEng) with the Engineering Council (SA).

  • Research Associate

New, Mark

Mark New is Pro-VC for Climate Change and Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at the University of Cape Town. He is also Professor in Climate Science at the University of Oxford.

  • Research Associate

Barron, Manuel

Manuel Barron is a Lecturer with the Economics Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Economics from the Catholic University in Peru.

  • Research Associate

McConnachie, Matthew

Matthew McConnachie is an impact evaluation consultant for an Edinburgh-based company , LTS International. His doctoral research evaluated South Africa’s Working for Water public works programme. With EPRU, he is co-designing the first robust impact evaluation of private wildlife farming.

  • Research Associate

Twine, Wayne

Wayne Twine is an Associate Professor of ecology in the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences in the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in resource ecology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2009), a Masters degree in resource conservation biology from the University of the Witwatersrand (1995), and a B.Sc.