Research and Project Coordination mainly focusing on research that influences policy making and implementation. My current research focuses on the 'Productive Uses of Energy in the Informal Food Sector' to assess the influence of energy use and the gender dynamics surrounding the female and male owned enterprises in three African countries.
This project is part of the ENERGIA Gender and Energy Research Programme supported by DFID (UK Aid). The University of Twente and its consortium partners boast a number of high ranking researchers who bring their expertise that range from gender and energy research, energy poverty research, policy analysis, informal enterprise development research, energy use in informal enterprises.
The project aims to apply a gender perspective to explore the changes that may be brought by use of Modern Energy Services (MESs) both within the enterprise itself and whether or not these are reflected in the household of the enterprise owner or employee. The project also aims to assess the extent (if at all) to which these energy changes in enterprises influence women’s economic and social empowerment.
Past research (for PhD qualification) includes a focus on analyzing the implementation of the Free Basic Alternative Energy (FBAE) policy in the rural areas of the OR Tambo District in South Africa. The study reveals, among various issues, the complexities of implementing this policy for all actors involved. The thesis is titled: 'Implementing the South African Free Basic Alternative Energy Policy: A Dynamic Actor Interaction' - and can be downloaded here: http://doc.utwente.nl/93045/1/thesis_N_Mohlakoana.pdf
In South Africa, I have worked as a researcher at the highly reputable institutions such as the University of Cape Town and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).
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