Dr. Nthabiseng Mohlakoana


Field of research

  • Governance and Policy implementation
  • Household energy policy
  • Gender and Energy Research
  • Productive Uses of Energy


Nthabiseng (Nthabi) Mohlakoana has joined the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) to work as a Lecturer and Researcher focusing on the South African Just Energy Transition process, Renewable Energy policies, technology, governance issues and transitions.

With over 15 years of experience in research focusing on energy policy implementation, energy access and use as well as gender mainstreaming in the energy sector, Nthabi’s expertise are relevant to the current CST agenda of sustainable energy transitions in South Africa and the rest of the continent. In 2014 she completed her PhD study at the University of Twente’s Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (CSTM) where she analysed the implementation process of the Free Basic Alternative Energy (FBAE) policy by local municipalities in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Most of her research in recent years emphasizes the importance of gender equality in planning and implementation of energy and other basic services interventions dictated by policies, in line with the SDGs and other important intervention strategies. Her work aims at finding solutions that address and lead to the eradication of energy poverty and addressing inequalities in the global south. She also has experience in various methods of applying a gender lens and using different gender approaches in the energy sector concerning households and livelihoods as well as gender mainstreaming of energy projects and programs. Nthabi has published articles and book chapters on household energy access and use, productive uses of energy in the informal food sector and addressing gender issues in energy governance and access.