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Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU) South Africa

The Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit is a collaborative association of academic researchers specializing in environmental and natural resource issues. The unit was established in 2007 to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in Southern Africa. EPRU is based at the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town.

  • 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

Bezabih, Mintewab

Mintewab Bezabih is a Research Officer at the Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, the London School of Economics and Political Sceinces. Her main research interests are biodiversity and climate change, performance of rural land markets, and fisheries economics.

  • 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

Brick, Kerri

Kerri Brick is a research fellow at the Environmental Policy Research Unit (EPRU). Her current work focuses on the public goods dilemma synonymous with climate change, equity issues in global climate change negotiations, and the measurement of risk preferences using framed field experiments.

  • 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 impli

  • Research Associate

Di Falco, Salvatore

Salvatore Di Falco is Professor in Environmental Economics, Economics Department at the University of Geneva and Research Associate at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in London School of Economics (LSE).

  • Research Fellow

Dikgang, Johane

Johane received his BCom, Honours and MCom degrees from the Department of Economics at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2005, 2006 and 2008 respectively. He obtained his PhD at the University of Cape Town in 2013. During his PhD, he attended the Belpasso International Summer School on “the Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Conservation” in Italy.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Fadiran, David

David Fadiran is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town. He has worked as a Lecturer at University of Cape Town, a Policy Analyst at Social Development Commission, an Economics Teaching assistant at Northern Illinois University, and a CTY Teaching assistant at Johns Hopkins University.

  • Research Fellow

Gelo, Dambala

Dambala is Research Fellow at EPRU and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. He is also a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Economics at the University of Mannheim. He completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Economics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.  

  • Research Associate

Giamporcaro, Stephanie

Stephanie Giamporcaro is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) and a Research Associate at the Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit housed in the School of Economics of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Research Associate

Harald, Winkler

Current research interest: Climate change (economics, mitigation & policy), energy and environmental economics. Harald’s main research focus is energy and climate change mitigation, and its links to local sustainable development. His approach is multi-disciplinary, focusing on policy questions using economic tools, social analysis and environmental indicators.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Hasson, Reviva

Reviva Hasson has a BSc in Environmental and Geographical Science (2003), a BCom (Hons) in Economics (2004) and Master’s degree in Applied Economics (2009), all obtained from UCT . Reviva is a Junior Research Fellow at EPRU and the unit’s Media Liaison Officer.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Kimani, Esther

Esther Mumbi Kimani has a B.Ed. Arts(Hons) in Economics and Accounting (2005) and a Master degree in Economics (2008), both obtained from the University of Nairobi. Her PhD thesis supervised by Prof. Haroon Bhorat (Main Supervisor) and Dr. Edwin Muchapondwa focuses on Education outcome in tertiary institutions and environmental regulation effect on labour in South Africa. .

  • Research Fellow

Komba, Coretha

Coretha has an Advanced Diploma in Economic Planning from Institute of Development Management and a Master degree in International Development obtained from International University of Japan. Her PhD thesis is supervised by Edwin Muchapondwa.

  • Center Director and Senior Research Fellow

Leiman, Anthony

Tony Leiman is the center director of EPRU and an associate professor at the University of Cape Town and has been researching and teaching environmental economics since 1990. In 1993/4 he spent a sabbatical year at CSERGE (University College London) which further cemented his interest in the field.