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Tara Caetano

Tara Caetano joined the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Group in February 2015. Prior to this she was based at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg, where she focused on trying to find win-win scenarios for emissions reduction and development in the South African context. She has also consulted on a number of projects focused on the economics of climate change, development, poverty alleviation and low carbon development.


MSc Eng Energy and Development Studies, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town (2011); BCom Hons Economics, University of Cape Town (2008); BCom Economics and Insurance & Risk Management, University of the Witwatersrand (2007).

Current research interests

Tara’s research interests are primarily focused on climate change and development and pursuing a development-first approach to climate change. She is particularly interested in finding synergies between mitigation, employment creation and poverty alleviation. This includes work on the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) Programme, Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project and CGE and SATIM-eSAGE model development.


MSc Eng Dissertation (UCT, 2011): A computable general equilibrium analysis of the proposed build plans as presented in the Integrated Resource Plan. 

Selected recent publications

Caetano, T. and Thurlow, J. (2014). The socio-economic implications of renewable energy and low carbon trajectories in South Africa. Nordic Conference on Development Economics, Helsinki, Finland, 16-17 June 2014. Link:

Trollip, H., Butler, A., Burton, J., Caetano, T., Godinho, C (2014) Energy Security in South Africa. Cape Town, MAPS. Link: