Kevin Foster


Supervisors: Dr. Megan Davies, Prof. Mark Swilling, Dr. Nthabiseng Mohlakoana

Field of research

  • Energy Transitions
  • Local Government
  • Social Equity


Kevin is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Sustainability Transitions, attached to the Reconfiguring Energy for Social Equity (ReSET) project. His PhD research is titled “Reconfiguring the energy transition for municipal sustainability in South Africa” and looks at the implications of the South African energy transition for local government policy, revenues, the distribution of services and social equity. Prior to joining the ReSET project Kevin has worked as a public policy researcher specialising in local government policy and intergovernmental relations and programme evaluations since 2013, initially with Palmer Development Group and then as an independent consultant. He has worked on projects across the scope of public policy in South Africa, including on projects covering regulatory analysis, public participation, the environment and sustainability, the water sector, energy and human settlements. Kevin has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Cape Town and Honours degrees in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and City Planning.