Dr. Megan Davies



Field of research

  • Sustainability transitions
  • Governance of socio-technical transitions
  • Transdisciplinary research and knowledge co-production
  • Energy transitions
  • Energy policy
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Transformative learning


Megan is a researcher at the Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST). 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.

In 2021, Megan completed her PhD which investigated the socio-economic and political ramifications of decentralised renewable energy infrastructure, and used a transdisciplinary research methodology to explore this in the context of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

Megan is also the Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development. On the programme, she convenes the Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy Policy. Here her research interests focus on education for sustainable development and how transformative learning might support sustainability transitions.

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

Twitter: @theMegnetic