Dr Megan Davies



Field of research

  • Energy transitions
  • Energy democracy
  • Transdisciplinary research
  • Governance
  • Energy policy
  • Energy finance


Megan is a researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition. Her research investigates the role of policy in the energy transition, with a focus on South Africa’s political economy of energy. She leads a 4-year project at the CST, ‘Reconfiguring Energy for Social Equity’, in collaboration with partners at Utrecht University, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and the University of Freiburg. Megan is also the Programme Coordinator for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development, offered in the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University. On the programme, she convenes the Renewable Energy Policy and Renewable Energy Financing modules. In 2021, Megan completed her PhD which investigated the socio-economic and political ramifications of decentralised renewable energy infrastructure, and uses a transdisciplinary research methodology to explore this in the context of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

PhD topic: South Africa’s contested transition to energy democracy – lessons and struggles emerging from the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme