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Debbie Sparks

Designation

Senior Research Officer

Expertise

Energy and climate change, water-energy nexus, children and energy, teaching/course convening 

Contact Details

Telephone: +27-21-650-2825
Email: debbie.sparks@uct.ac.za

Qualifications

  • PhD in Environmental and Geographical Science from UCT
  • MSc in Environmental and Geographical Science from UCT
  • BSc(Hons) (First Class) in Environmental and Geographical Science from UCT

Academic Profile

Debbie has been employed as a Senior Researcher at the Energy Research Centre since 2001. She works in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change research group, and is interested in the nexus between water and energy as well as children in energy and climate change. She convenes the African Climate and Development Inititiative’s (ACDI), Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Course and supervises Masters and PhD student theses.

Current Research

Children, energy and climate change

Current Projects

Children’s energy behaviours in Cape Town

Current teaching

Course convener for ACDI course ‘Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation’ (EGS 5032F)

Supervision:

Masters: Aumashvini Gobin, Anna Ras

PhD: Shanon Lusinga

List of Last 10 years publications

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Gobin, A.; Sparks, D. Okedi, J.; Ahjum, F. and Armitage, N. 2017. Assessing the energy implications of exploiting stormwater, through artificial aquifer recharge, as an alternative water resource in the Cape Flats, South Africa. Submitted to WaterSA

Madhlopa, A.; Sparks, D.; Keen, S.; Moorlach, M.; Krog, P and Dlamini, T. 2015. Optimization of a PV-wind hybrid system under limited water resources. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 47, 324-331.

Sparks, D.; Madhlopa, A.; Keen, S.; Moorlach, M.; Dane, A.; Krog, P. and Dlamini, T. 2014. Renewable energy choices and their water requirements in South Africa. Journal of Energy in Southern Africa 25(4), 80-92.

 

WORKING PAPERS

Madhlopa, A.; Pegram, G.;, Sauka, S.; Sparks; D.; Keen, S. and Moorlach, M. 2016. The water-energy nexus in the context of climate change: investigating trade-offs between water use efficiency and renewable energy options for South Africa. Final report submitted to the Water Research Commission, January 2016. Project number K5/2239.

Madhlopa, A.; Pegram, G.;, Sauka, S.; Sparks; D.; Keen, S. and Moorlach, M. 2015. A decision report framework for energy and water resource choices in South Africa. Report submitted to the Water Research Commission, June 2015. Project number K5/2239.

Madholopa, A.; Moorlach, M.; Sparks, D.; Keen, S. and Krog, P. 2014. Scenarios of energy supply and associated water demands. Report submitted to the Water Research Commission, September 2014, Project number K5/2239.

Madhlopa, A.; Keen, S., Sparks, D. and Moorlach, M. 2014. Water considerations in selecting energy technologies. Report submitted to the Water Research Commission, May 2014, Project number K5/2239.

Madhlopa, A; Keen, S.; Sparks, D. and Moorlach, M. 2014. Draft policy framework for efficient water use in energy production. Report submitted to the Water Research Commission, March 2014, Project number K5/2239.

Madhlopa, A; Sparks, DA; Jenner, S; Moorlach, M; Dane, A; Krog, P and Dlamini, T. 2013, Renewable energy choice and their water requirements. Report submitted to the Water Research Commission, October 2013, Project number K5/2239.

Sparks, D.A., Moorlach, M. and Muller, J. 2011. Climate Change and variability: Adaptation of deciduous fruit farmers: A case study of Klein Constantia wine farm, Constantia Valley, Cape Town (report submitted to UNITAR)