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Louise Tait

Louise joined the ERC in January 2012 as a Researcher in the Energy Poverty and Development group. Prior to working at the ERC, she worked for consultancies in both South Africa and the United Kingdom in the fields of economic development and environmental policy.


  • Bcom (honours) Economics, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
  • Msc Energy and Development Studies, Universtiy of Cape Town

Current research interests
Louise’s main research interests relate to the nexus of energy and development issues in South Africa and other developing countries. Her two main research interests are: extending basic energy access to poor households; and climate change and energy policy design and implementation at both national and urban scales. She is also currently pursuing a Phd investigating energy service delivery in informal settlements.

Reports and publications