Dr Holle Linnea Wlokas

Research Associate


Holle is a trained Social Scientist with vast experience in multi-stakeholder projects and processes and a strong focus over the past 8 years on social performance related issues in the renewable energy sector. The content of her practical and academic work evolves around social and economic considerations of energy transitions with a specific interest in supporting quality relationships between business, government and citizens in the phase-out of fossil-fuel based operations and implementation of large-scale renewable energy projects.
In addition to her work for Synergy, Holle also holds an appointment as Senior Researcher at Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Complex Systems in Transition. She forms part of the ‘Renewable Energy for Transition’ research group, where she, under the leadership of Prof Mark Swilling, currently works on the international 3-year project ‘Tendering Sustainable Energy Transitions’ (TENTRANS) in collaboration with UNEP DTU and DIIS in Denmark. Previous work of hers includes a study of renewable energy projects across Sub-Saharan Africa for International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Holle is educated in Germany and professionally trained and experienced in South Africa and internationally. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy and a holds a post-grad degree in Political Science. Her PhD research investigated the implementation of community benefit in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
Before her PhD studies, Holle worked for the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town for 4 years. In her role as Research Officer, she lead, managed and contributed to research projects addressing social sustainability in climate change, energy and development interventions and policies, following the evolving human rights discourse closely.
She is also an active member in the national solar and wind energy associations (SAPVIA and SAWEA) as well as the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA). In 2015, she was awarded for the ‘Best academic contribution to the wind industry in South Africa’ and for her ‘ambassadorship for the industry’ in 2016, both by SAWEA.

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