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Hilton Trollip


Senior Research Officer


Economic, political, technological, policy, regulatory and institutional analysis, research and development, project and company management, teaching.


Contact Details

Telephone: +27 21 82 521 5344 




  • MSc in Electrical Engineering From University of the Witwatersrand
  • Undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering From University of the Witwatersrand


Academic Profile

  • 1982 Chief Scientific Officer, Council for Mineral Technology
  • 1985/86 Lecturer in Computer Information Systems, Stellenbosch University
  • 1986 Chief Architect, Rand Telecontrol project, Telkor, Randburg
  • 1994 Senior Researcher, Energy and Development Research Centre, University of Cape Town 
  • 1999 Director Mossgas, Director Soekor
  • 2001 Director PetroSA
  • 2000 Honorary Senior Lecturer energy studies UCT
  • 2000 Postgraduate Director UCT Energy Studies
  • 2003 Chief Research Manager, Knowledge Management, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa.
  • 2011 Principal Engineer, Energy and Climate Change, Environmental Resources Management Department, City of Cape Town
  • 2013 Senior Researcher Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town


After a decade of doing traditional engineering, Hilton has been involved in policy research and analysis and policy development since 1990 and was centrally involved in developing the 1998 energy White Paper Policy.  In parallel to policy analysis and development he has remained involved in quantitative energy and economic analysis.  He was Principal Engineer Energy and Climate Change at the City of Cape Town in 2011-2013 and is currently a senior researcher at UCT with his main interest being the politics Energy Transitions.


Current Research

Hilton’s primary focus is the development and application of a broad range of theories relevant to deepening the understanding of the politics of sustainable, and/or low carbon transitions in the energy sector, and promoting/supporting these transitions.


Current Projects

  1. Leading 3-year project starting in August 2018 titled: “From NDCs to Pathways and Policies: Transformative Climate Action After Paris. This project will conduct research, engage with stakeholders and disseminate information to support implementation of the South African NDC and Sustainable Development Goals. 
  2. Paper in review, central theme is political economy of energy transitions. Provides a theoretical framework for ‘regime resistance’ to structural transitions.
  3. Member of international research network with substantial funding to explore the political economy and politics of decarbonising the energy sector. This follows on very successful promotion and management of South African Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project DDPP The current effort recognises that the techno-economic opportunities/challenges of deep decarbonisation are well described and that the chief challenges are political economy/political.
  4. Leading South African team in 4-year international H2020 Ripples Project – WP2.1: Development of 2DC and 1.5DC emissions pathways for South Africa and associated research into WP3.5 technology innovation and (the main interest for me in the project WP4.4 research into the political economy of implementation of energy transitions.
  5. Consultancy support to local government and Research and writing funded paper on the political economy of local government electricity sector transitions.
  6. Writing a funded paper on the politics of local government energy transitions.
  7. Active in local consultancy/advocacy in supporting the South African energy transition assisting government and civil society
  8. South African lead of international 4-year ‘Greengov’ transdisciplinary research project. City of Cape Town Case study linked to 3 Scandinavian case studies.
  9. Energy Research Centre lead in subcontract in the low carbon technology stocktake project


List of Last 10 years publications (newest to oldest)

  • Froestad, Jan Nøkleberg, Martin Shearing, Clifford Trollip, Hilton. South Africa’s Minerals-Energy-Complex : Flows, regulation, governance and policing. In Y. Omorogbe & A. Ordor, eds. Ending Africa’s Energy Deficit and the Law Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in Africa Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in Africa. Oxford, UK: Oxford Univeristy Press, p. 400.
  • SALGA submission to IRP2016 – Hilton was primary researcher and drafter
  • Trollip, H., Boulle, M. 2016 Challenges associated with implementation of climate change mitigation policy in South Africa. Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town.
  • **Baker, L., Burton, J., Godinho, C & Trollip, H. 2015. The political economy of decarbonisation: Exploring the dynamics of South Africa’s electricity sector. Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
  • **Katye E. Altieri, Hilton Trollip, Tara Caetano, Alison Hughes, Bruno Merven & Harald Winkler. 2016. Achieving development and mitigation objectives through a decarbonization development pathway in South Africa. Climate Policy, DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2016.1150250
  • **Altieri, K. E., Hilton Trollip, Tara Caetano, Alison Hughes, Bruno Merven & Harald Winkler. 2016 (2015). Pathways to deep decarbonization in South Africa, SDSN - IDDRI.
  • Trollip,  H.,  Tores-Gunfaus, MT., Du Toit, M. 2015. Implementing climate change mitigation: a journey into the unknown, Cape Town. MAPS.
  • Trollip,  H., Nontshokweni, S., Godinho, C.,  2015. Implementation of the Cape Town Solar Water Heater (SWH) policy. Cape Town, MAPS.
  • Trollip, H., Senatla, ., Knowles, T., Boardman, P. 2015  Swaziland: Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Mitigation Options Analysis.
  • Dieter Mayr, D., Schmid, E., Trollip, H: Zeyringer, M., & Schmidt, J. 2015. The impact of residential photovoltaic power on electricity sales revenues in Cape Town, South Africa. Utilities Policy, (forthcoming.)
  • Trollip,  H., Merven, B., Hughes, A., Altieri, K., Winkler, H. 2015. Integrating development and climate change mitigation. Poster – Our Common Future Our Common Future Under Climate Change International Scientific Conference, 7-10 JULY 2015 Paris, France.
  • SDSN & IDDRI 2014. DDPP Phase 1 interim report – officially reported to UN Secretary General. Published by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), September 2014.
  • Lagrange, S., Rennkamp, B., Trollip, H.,  & Stone, A. 2014. Towards prosperity through low emissions development pathways in Sub-Saharan Africa Insights from Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda and Zambia. (MAPS Unpublished)
  • Trollip, H., Butler, A., Burton, J., Caetano, T., Godinho, C (2014) Energy Security in South Africa. Cape Town MAPS.
  • Trollip, H., Winkler H., and Merven, B. 2014 Pathways to deep decarbonsiation:  South Africa chapter. part of DDPP 2014 interim report of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. 2014, Energy Research Centre, with Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI): Cape Town, Paris and New York.
  • Trollip, H., et al., Pathways to deep decarbonsiation:  South Africa chapter, part of DDPP 2015 final report of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. forthcoming 2015, Energy Research Centre, with Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI): Cape Town, Paris and New York.
  • Trollip, H., Marquard, A. Prospects for Renewable Energy in South Africa. Published by Heinrich Böll Foundation.
  • Trollip, H., et al. 2012. Potential impact on municipal revenue of small scale own generation and energy efficiency. Paper submitted to South African Economic Regulators Conference held in Pretoria on the 21 & 22 August 2012.
  • Trollip, H., Tyler, E . 2011. Is South Africa’s economic policy aligned with our national mitigation policy direction and low carbon future: an examination of the carbon tax, industrial policy, New Growth Path and Integrated Resource Plan. National Planning Commission, Pretoria.
  • Marquard, A., Trollip H. and Winkler, H.  2011. Opportunities for and Costs of Mitigation in South African Economy. Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town.
  • Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). 2011. ASSAf Commentary on the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity 2010 – 2030 (Hilton made a substantial contribution)
  • Trollip, H., Ward, S., Walsh. 2011 Moving Mountains. Cape Town’s Action Plan for Energy and Climate Change. City of Cape Town, 2011.
  • Helen Suzman Foundation Quarterly Roundtable 2010. The Energy Mix: Electrifying South Africa. Verbatim record and commentary of formal debate between Hilton Trollip, Bobby Godsell, Ira Magaziner (Magaziner was the senior advisor for policy development for President Clinton, especially as chief healthcare policy advisor) and South African Energy Minister Dipuo Peters.
  • Trollip, H., et al. Submission on Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity of 2010. 10 December 2010. Submssion by Idasa.
  • Electricity Governance Initiative of South Africa 2010. The Governance of Power - Shedding a light on the electricity sector in South Africa. Published by Idasa, 357 Visagie Street, Pretoria 0001.  ( Hilton conducted the substantial part of the research for this publication and was the chief drafter of the initial draft).
  • University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, North West Universiy 2008. Review of Eskom Demand Side Management. (Hilton was leader of the project conducting Review of Eskom Demand Side Management Programme. The review involved teams of senior professionals from three Universities conducting an urgent review of the National Electricity Utility’s DSM organisational capability and DSM programme in the context of a national Power Supply Crisis in South Africa. This report is confidential but included because of the important role it played in developing my knowledge of energy efficiency and demand side management and inistutional issues of implementation in South Africa.)
  • Trollip, H. 2007. South African Energy Policy & G8 Petersburg Declaration on Global Energy Security. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Department for Development Policy - Dialogue on Globalization. FES Briefing Paper 11 August 2007.

(** Included because Hilton was project manager/champion although not first author)

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