Megan Davies

PhD Candidate, School of Public Leadership

Supervisors: Prof Mark Swilling

Field of research

  • Energy transitions
  • Urban governance
  • Community development
  • Energy democracy
  • Transdisciplinary research


Megan is a PhD candidate based at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University and the Coordinator of the Renewable Energy for Transitions Research Group. Her PhD in Policy Analysis, supervised by Prof Mark Swilling, investigates 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). As such, this research hopes to advance an understanding of ‘Energy Democracy’ where, in a changing energy landscape, and an increasingly urbanised world, a new understanding of the co-constitutive nature of energy infrastructure and the political economy is required to foster pathways towards sustainability transitions.

Megan completed her MPhil in Sustainable Development cum laude at Stellenbosch University in 2016. Her previous qualifications were also awarded through Stellenbosch University – a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development cum laude, in 2013 and BA Knowledge Management and Decision Making, in 2011.

Research project title: Fostering experimental governance for ‘Energy Democracy’ in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme: Lessons from South Africa for the Global Energy Transition