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Dr. Zora Kovacic
Postdoctoral Fellow


Zora Kovacic is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University. Zora holds a PhD from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, on the use of complexity theory in the assessment of science for policy, a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Technische Universitat Harburg-Hamburg, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Zora has worked as post-doctoral researcher at the Autonomous Unviersity of Barcelona, and at the University of Bergen. 

Current research
Zora currently works on the project "Co-designing energy communities with energy poor women in urban areas: case studies in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa" in which she is developing a comparative analysis of informal settlements in Nairobi, Stellenbosch and Kampala, based on the societal metabolism approach, and a framework for the assessment of policies aimed at reducing energy poverty. Her research interests include the study of how scientific information is used in policy processes, and the role of non-expert knowledge in the governance of uncertainty and complexity. 

Fields of interest
Governance of informality, sustainable development, science-policy interface, uncertainty and complexity

Email: zora@umama-africa.com