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Research associate, University of Cape Town

Catrina Godinho is a Research Associate and Ph.D. Candidate in Managing Infrastructure Investment, Reform and Regulation in Africa (MIRA), based at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Graduate School of Business (GSB). She also holds the position of OIES-Saudi Aramco Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (OIES), at the University of Oxford.

Catrina's doctoral research focuses on the political economy of power sector reform and development, with special attention to the Sub-Saharan African experience, and case studies in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Alongside her doctoral studies, Catrina’s international research and advisory work has included contributions the World Bank’s Rethinking Power Sector Reform project, the DFID funded Energy and Economic Growth project, and the Economic Development and Institutions project.

Catrina was a member of the South African UNFCCC delegation, working on issues relating to capacity building, technology development and transfer, and scientific review in 2014 and 2015. Catrina has also worked on issues relating to energy security, decarbonisation and climate change policy, and state capture and governance in the power sector in South Africa, and is currently undertaking research on the political economy of a South African energy transition.


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    Research associate, University of Cape Town