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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.

  • Center Director and Senior Research Fellow

Turpie, Jane

Jane Turpie is the center 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 the Director of the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town and a senior research fellow of the EfD in South Africa/the Environmental Policy Research Unit (EPRU).His current teaching areas are environmental and natural resource economics, microeconomics and econometrics.

  • Senior Research fellow

Visser, Martine

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

  • Senior Research Fellow

Leiman, Anthony

Tony Leiman is 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.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Sarr, Mare

Mare Sarr is currently a lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town and a research fellow of the Environmental Policy Research Unit (EPRU). His current teaching areas are Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Growth, and Environmental and Resource 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.

  • 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 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 Fellow

Snyman, Susan

Susan Snyman obtained her PhD (Economics) at the University of Cape Town in December 2013.  Having completed PhD coursework at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden in 2008, the focus of her PhD research was on the socio-economic impact of high-end ecotourism in remote, rural communities adjacent to protected areas, based on over 1800 community surveys in six southern Afri

  • Research Fellow

Tibesigwa, Byela

Byela Tibesigwa is a research fellow at the Environmental Policy Research Unit (EPRU). Her research work focuses on HIV/AIDS related health and environmental economics. Expertise/Research area: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Health Economics Development Economics    

  • Research Fellow

Taruvinga, Amon

Amon Taruvinga is a CIRCLE Visiting Fellow (CVF), currently working as a Lecturer at University of Fort Hare (UFH). He has a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics form UFH. Research interests: Climate change, human-wildlife interactions and food security.

  • 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

Kibira, Gerald

Gerald Kibira is a PhD student in 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 A/Prof. 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

Ntuli, Herbert

Herbert Ntuli is a PhD student in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. His research interests include Community-Based Natural Resource Management, evaluation of non-market environmental goods, agriculture & rural development, land tenure and Land use economics. He is currently working with A/Prof.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Ncube, Sinqobile

Sinqobile Ncube is a Junior Research Fellow at the Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU). She is a PhD Candidate in Economics at the University of Cape Town. She holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe and is currently a lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology. Her research is on economics of household energy use.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Karumba, Mary

Mary Karumba is a PhD student at the School of Economics, University of Cape Town. Her major interest is economics of renewable energy. She is currently focusing on models of community based renewable energy schemes, valuation of non-market goods and household adoption of renewable energy technology. She is under the supervision of A/Prof. Edwin Muchapondwa.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Okumu, Boscow

Boscow Okumu is a PhD student at the School of Economics, University of Cape Town. His areas of interest are community forests management and incentive based forest conservation. He is under the supervision of A/Prof. Edwin Muchapondwa.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Mukanjari, Samson

Samson Mukanjari is a PhD candidate in Global Change and Climate Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. He is affiliated to the EfD center in South Africa, Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU), School of Economics, University of Cape Town (UCT) and was a Junior Research Fellow previous to his enrollment as a PhD student.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Ruddick, William

Will Ruddick is a PhD student at the School of Economics, University of Cape Town. His research currently focuses on alternative and community currencies for environmental and poverty reduction programs. He is being supervised by Prof. Martine Visser.

  • Junior Research Fellow

De Martino, Samantha

Samantha De Martino is a visiting PhD student from the Economics department at the University of Sussex. Her thesis is on monetary and non monetary incentives and conservation.

  • 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. She is working with the Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU) to help popularise the team’s research.

  • 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 Economics 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 impli

  • 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.

  • 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

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

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.

  • Research Fellow

Sunday, Adewara

Adewara Sunday is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cape Town. He obtained both his B.Sc.(Hons) in Economics (1995) and a Master degree in Economics (2006) from the University of Ilorin.

  • Research Associate

Stage, Jesper

Jesper Stage was Research Officer for the EfD initiative from January 2007 until July 2008. His research has mainly been on agricultural issues and towards nature tourism, in both cases mostly oriented towards developing countries. He gained his PhD from Umeå University in 2003 and is now professor of environmental economics at Mid Sweden University.

  • 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

Zikhali, Precious

Precious Zikhali is a Poverty Economist at the World Bank. She currently supports the poverty and inequality work program of the Bank covering Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.

  • Research Associate

Mannberg, Andrea

The main research interest of the researcher relates to how human rationality is affected by the physical and social context, and how insights from psychology can be merged with economic theory in order to better understand the process underlying human decision making. The papers included in the PhD-thesis focus on sexual risk taking in the presence of HIV/AIDS.