Dr Britta Rennkamp is a senior researcher in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Group, and Senior Fellow at the African Climate and Development Initiative, also at the University of Cape Town.
Britta's research focuses on climate policy and technology in developing countries and the links between poverty, inequality, energy and mitigation of climate change.
Previous work analysed renewable energy and nuclear programmes, carbon taxation, green industrial and innovation policies. Britta has published various papers and book chapters on the overall question on integrating policies on emissions reductions, energy supply and development in Africa and Latin America.
Prior to joining ERC, she worked for the German International Cooperation in Brazil and the German Development Institute in Germany. Britta Rennkamp holds a PhD in Political Science, and a Diplom/MSc in Regional Sciences – Political Sciences, Economics, Latin American History, Spanish and Portuguese language and literature. She has ten years of international work experience in sustainable development research, consulting and teaching, which she acquired in Brazil, Germany and South Africa.
Published by ERC unless otherwise noted
- Britta was the guest editor of the special issue on Innovation for sustainability of the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (volume 2, number 1)
- Rennkamp, B and Boulle, M. 2017: Novel shapes of South-South collaboration: Emerging knowledge networks on co-benefits of climate and development policies. Climate and Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2017.1318741
- Rennkamp, B. 2017. Out of sync: Innovation policy and theory in unequal societies. In Kuhlmann, S and Ordoñez, G (eds), International research handbook on science, technology and innovation policy in developing countries: Rationales and relevance. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.
- Rennkamp, B. 2016. Trading off climate change mitigation and poverty reduction in South Africa: Drivers and barriers to institutional change. Paper delivered at the Berlin Conference of Transformational Climate Governance, 23-24 May, 2016.
- Rennkamp, B and Perrot, R. 2016: Drivers and barriers to wind energy technology transitions in India, Brazil and South Africa. In Brauch, HG, Spring, UO, Grin, J and Scheffran, J (eds), Handbook on sustainability transition and sustainable peace (STSP). Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace 10, Springer, London.
- Rennkamp, B & Bhuyan, R. 2017. The social shaping of nuclear energy technology in South Africa. In Arent, D, Arndt, C, Miller, M, Tarp, F and Zinaman, O (eds), The political economy of clean energy transitions. Oxford University Press/
- Rennkamp, B and Radhika, P. (In press) Drivers and barriers to wind energy technology transitions in India, Brazil and South Africa. In Brauch, HD, Spring, US, Grin, J and Scheffran, J (Eds.) Handbook on sustainability transition and sustainable peace. Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace 10, Springer, London.
- Rennkamp, B and Boyd, A. 2015. Technological capability and transfer for achieving - South Africa’s low carbon development goals. Climate Policy, Special Issue 2015, 1: 12-29. doi:10.1080/14693062.2013.831299
- Rennkamp, B and Boulle, M. 2015. Novel shapes of South-South collaboration: Emerging knowledge networks on co-benefits of climate and development policies. MAPS Working Paper No.30.
- Buijs, B, Winkler, H and Rennkamp, B. 2014. Successful energy innovation in South Africa and around the world. A study in support of DST’s Energy Research, Development and Innovation Strategy.
- Rennkamp, B, La Grange, S and Stone, A. 2014. Towards prosperity through low emissions pathways in Sub-Sahara Africa: Insights from Ghana, Rwanda, Zambia and Mozambique.
- Boyd, A, Keen, S and Rennkamp, B. 2014. A comparative analysis of emerging institutional arrangements for domestic MRV in developing countries.
- Boyd, A, Rennkamp, B, Dane, A and Winkler, H. 2013. Current approaches to MRV in South Africa: A scoping study, Climate Policy 14(3): 397-416.
- Rennkamp, B & Boyd, A. 2013. Technological capability and transfer for achieving South Africa's development goals. Climate Policy, DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2013.831299
- Rennkamp, B. 2013. Sustainable development planning in South Africa: a case of over-strategizing?
- Rennkamp, B & Westin, F. 2013. Feito no Brasil? Made in South Africa? Boosting technological development through local content requirements in the wind energy industry. Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town and Environmental Science Laboratory – LIMA, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
- Rennkamp, B. 2013. South African approaches to MRV of mitigation actions: The case of installing solar water heaters. Measurement and Performance Tracking Project
- Rennkamp, B, Caetano, T & Marquard, A : Estimating effective carbon prices: A case study for South Africa, ERC Working Paper prepared for Environment Secretariat, Environmental Policy Committee, OECD, Paris
- Boyd, A, Rennkamp, B, Winkler, H, Larmour, R, Letete, T, Rahlao, S & Trikam. A. 2012. South African approaches to measuring, reporting and verifying: A scoping report.
- Rennkamp, B, Moyo, A, Wills, W. & Grottera, C. 2012. Reducing inequality and poverty while mitigating climate change: Key challenges for research and practice in middle-income countries in Africa and Latin America. MAPS Research Paper. Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town: LIMA/COPPE/UCT, MAPS.
- Rennkamp, B. 2012. ‘Development first’ in the G-20 and the BRICS? Reflections on Brazil’s foreign politics and civil society. In Heinrich Böll Foundation (ed), Inside a champion: An analysis of the Brazilian development model. Heinrich Böll Foundation:156-170.
- Rennkamp, B & Wlokas, H. 2012: A brief inspiration on poverty and climate change mitigation. MAPS Policy Brief, Cape Town, South Africa.
- Rennkamp, B. 2012. Sustainable development planning in South Africa: A case of over-strategizing? Paper delivered at Conference of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change 5- 6 October 2012, Berlin, Germany
- Wlokas, H, Rennkamp, B, Torres, M, Winkler, H, Boyd, A, Tyler, E & Fedorsky, C. 2012. Low carbon development and poverty: Exploring poverty alleviating mitigation action in developing countries. MAPS Working Paper. Cape Town, University of Cape Town.
- Rennkamp, B & Naidoo, D. 2011: Shifting governance in STI: an analysis of the global governance institutions and their impact on South African policy, South African Journal of International Affairs 18(1): 59-81 (Available from the SAJIA website)
- Rennkamp, B. 2011. Innovation for all? Legitimizing Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in Unequal Societies. Doctoral thesis, University of Twente, Netherlands
- Rennkamp, B. 2010. Conceptualizing sustainable development as a global problem: The role of strategic knowledge. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development 2(1) (Special Issue on Innovation for Sustainability): 183-196.
- Rennkamp, B & Muchie, M. 2010. Introduction: Innovation for Sustainability. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development 2(1) (Special Issue on Innovation for Sustainability): 7-9
- Rennkamp, Britta and Stefan Kuhlmann (2010): Endogenous vs. Exogenous Models for Innovation Policy in Late Industrializing Countries, Conference Paper UNESCO South Asia and South East Asia Science and Technology Policy Forum on ‘Regional cooperation in science and technology: Opportunities and challenges in the context of Globalization’, Delhi, November 2010.
- Rennkamp, Britta (2010): Politikinnovation in der Innovationspolitik? Internationale Innovations- und Wissenschaftspolitik in Schwellenländern. In: Biniok, Peter (Hrsg.): Technik, Wissenschaft und Politik. Neue Forschungsperspektiven. Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang, p.67-82.
- Altenburg, Tilman und Rennkamp, Britta (2009): Globalisierung von Wissenschaft und Innovationsprozessen – Herausforderung für Global Governance in Globale Trends 2010 Frieden - Entwicklung - Umwelt. Hrsg: Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden, Fischer Verlag.
- Fischer, Doris and Britta Rennkamp (2009): Addressing global challenges: New approaches and governance mechanisms for multinational science and technology cooperation, Background paper to the Workshop of the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP) Paris, March 2009: OECD.
- Stamm, Andreas, Eva Dantas, Doris Fischer, Sunayana Ganguly, Britta Rennkamp (2009): Sustainability-oriented innovation systems: towards decoupling economic growth from environmental pressures? Discussion Paper 20/2009, Bonn: Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute
- Rennkamp, Britta und Ademar Cruz (2009): Wissenschaftsdiplomatie für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung: eine Perspektive des Südens, DIE Kolumne zum UNESCO, Welt-wissenschaftstag 2009, Zeit Online 10.11.2009