Stellenbosch University (SU) launched its first Africa-UK Trilateral Research Chair, Mainstreaming Gender for Energy Security in Poor Urban Environments, on 10 October 2019 at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advance Studies (STIAS). The Trilateral Research Chair, situated in the School of Public Leadership (SPL), Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, is led by Prof Josephine Musango, in collaboration with partners from Brunel University London in UK, Dr Fabrizio Ceschin, and University of Nairobi in Kenya, Dr Amollo Ambole.
The overall objective of the Trilateral Research Chair is to “build research capacity and produce knowledge across Africa concerning gender-informed innovation and commercialisation opportunities in alternative energy technology and services".
The launch brought together participants from the three collaborating universities, including, Prof Johan Burger, Director of SPL; Prof. Geoff Rodgers, Vice-Rector for Research, Brunel University London; and Prof Madara Ogot, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Production and Extension, University of Nairobi; Dr Nico Elema, Manager: Centre for Collaboration in Africa.
In addition, the launch was attended by representatives from National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, Ms Promise Shabangu; British Council, Ms Jean September; Head of Africa Science and Innovation in the British High Commission, Mr David Barnes; Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Prof Wikus van Niekerk; Directors from various centres, institutions and NGOs; representatives from Commission of Gender Equality; Division of Research Development at SU; scholars and students from SU and various institutions; as well as entrepreneurs.
Welcoming the guests at the launch, Prof Johan Burger indicated that, the Trilateral chair positioning in the SPL is to contribute to public policy and create public value. Prof. Geoff Rodgers similarly added “this project focusses on engaging the potential users of the research which is very important for impact". Prof. Madara Ogot highlighted how the University of Nairobi has grown to be a strong international collaborator. He added “we are pleased to welcome this Trilateral Chair to join our existing international collaborations and networks".
Speaking at the launch, Ms Promise Shabangu (Professional Officer: Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence) highlighted the enthusiasm that the trilateral initiative is enhancing its co-sponsorship with Newton Fund, as well as knowledge and capacity building advancement in Africa. She recommended the collaborators to “communicate, spend and report". Similarly, Ms. Jean September (Deputy Country Director South Africa) said “This research will have practical implications for an important development area in South Africa and we wish the Trilateral Chair the very best in this exciting collaborative journey".
At the launch, the Prof Musango, Dr Ceschin and Dr Amollo introduced to the purpose of the Trilateral Research Chair, its inner workings, and discussions to forge collaborations and networks.
The event hosted over 60 participants.
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