Hilton Trollip is a Research Fellow in the Global Risk Governance programme and a Senior Researcher at the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town. His main interest is transitions: being involved in, studying, politics of, implementing, leading and the sociology of these.
Hilton graduated with an MSc. Electrical Engineering by research in 1983 and conducted conventional engineering research and design for ten years. In the 1990s he played a lead role in a number of national government policy development programmes including co-ordinating the South African Energy Policy White Paper. He held a number of company and SOE board memberships. He was also involved in research and teaching, for example he was Post-Graduate Director of the Energy Studies Programme at the University of Cape Town, Chief Research Manager, Knowledge Management, South African Human Sciences Research Council and Project Manager, 2001/2002 National Research and Development Survey of South Africa.
During his last spell inside government, as Principal Engineer Climate Change at the City of Cape Town from 2011-2013 Hilton became particularly fascinated with the prevalence of difficulties of implementing apparently simple but crucial government policies in the South African energy sector. Following up on this he began building up a research programme at the UCT Energy Research Centre focussing on implementation of energy policy, climate mitigation policy and energy transitions . This has yielded interesting results in many research reports (see publications below) and a few journal articles. For the last two years he has been working to develop this area further, developing research approaches aimed specifically at contributions to the peer-reviewed literature. He has three main research projects: the politics of energy policy; leadership of transitions, and; the role of electricity grids, this last one initially exploring concepts of entanglement (Ian Hodder. 2014. The Entanglements of Humans and Things: A Long-Term View).
Froestad, J., Nøkleberg, M., Shearing, C. & Trollip, H. 2018. South Africa’s Minerals-Energy-Complex: Flows, Regulation, Governance and Policing. In: Omorogbe, Y. & Order, A. Eds. Ending Africa's Energy Deficit and the Law: Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in Africa. Oxford University Press.
**Katye E. Altieri, Hilton Trollip, Tara Caetano, Alison Hughes, Bruno Merven & Harald Winkler. 2016. Achieving development and mitigation objectives through a decarbonization development pathway in South Africa. Climate Policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2016.1150250.
Dieter Mayr, D., Schmid, E., Trollip, H., Zeyringer, M., & Schmidt, J. 2015. The impact of residential photovoltaic power on electricity sales revenues in Cape Town, South Africa. Utilities Policy. http://www.journals.elsevier.com/utilities-policy/
Van Horen, C., Eberhard, A., Trollip, H. and Thorne, S. 1993 Energy, environment and urban poverty in South Africa. Energy Policy 21:5 623.
Trollip, H., Boulle, M. 2016 Challenges associated with implementing climate change mitigation policy in South Africa. Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town..
**Baker, L., Burton, J., Godinho, C & Trollip, H. 2015. The political economy of decarbonisation: Exploring the dynamics of South Africa’s electricity sector. Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town, Cape Town. http://www.erc.uct.ac.za/sites/default/files/image_tool/images/119/Papers-2015/15-Baker-etal-Political_economy_decarbonisation.pdf
**Altieri, K. E., Hilton Trollip, Tara Caetano, Alison Hughes, Bruno Merven & Harald Winkler. 2016 (2015). Pathways to deep decarbonization in South Africa, SDSN - IDDRI. http://deepdecarbonization.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/DDPP_ZAF.pdf
The following 2 items plus an additional 4 reports were managed by Trollip see: http://mapsprogramme.org/category/themes/implementation/
Trollip, H., Tores-Gunfaus, MT., Du Toit, M. 2015. Implementing climate change mitigation: a journey into the unknown, Cape Town. MAPS. http://deepdecarbonization.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Paper_Implementing-climate-change-mitigation-a-journey-into-the-unknown.pdf
Trollip, H., Nontshokweni, S., Godinho, C., 2015. Implementation of the Cape Town Solar Water Heater (SWH) policy. Cape Town, MAPS. http://mapsprogramme.org/wp-content/uploads/MAPS-Implementation-Research-COCT-SWH-policy.pdf
Trollip, H., Senatla, ., Knowles, T., Boardman, P. 2015 Swaziland: Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Mitigation Options Analysis.
Trollip, H., Merven, B., Hughes, A., Altieri, K., Winkler, H. 2015. Integrating development and climate change mitigation. Poster – Our Common Future Our Common Future Under Climate Change International Scientific Conference, 7-10 JULY 2015 Paris, France.
SDSN & IDDRI 2014. DDPP Phase 1 interim report – officially reported to UN Secretary General. Published by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), September 2014. http://unsdsn.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/DDPP_Digit_updated.pdf
Lagrange, S., Rennkamp, B., Trollip, H., & Stone, A. 2014. Towards prosperity through low emissions development pathways in Sub-Saharan Africa Insights from Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda and Zambia. (MAPS Unpublished)
Trollip, H., Butler, A., Burton, J., Caetano, T., Godinho, C (2014) Energy Security in South Africa. Cape Town MAPS. http://www.mapsprogramme.org/wp-content/uploads/Energy-Security_in-South-Africa.pdf
Trollip, H., Winkler H., and Merven, B. 2014 Pathways to deep decarbonisation: South Africa chapter, part of DDPP 2014 interim report of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. 2014, Energy Research Centre, with Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI): Cape Town, Paris and New York.
Trollip, H., et al., Pathways to deep decarbonisation: South Africa chapter, part of DDPP 2015 final report of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. forthcoming 2015, Energy Research Centre, with Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI): Cape Town, Paris and New York. http://deepdecarbonization.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/DDPP_2015_REPORT.pdf
Trollip, H., Marquard, A. Prospects for Renewable Energy in South Africa. Published by Heinrich Böll Foundation. http://za.boell.org/2014/02/03/prospects-renewable-energy-south-africa-climate-change
Trollip, H., et al. 2012. Potential impact on municipal revenue of small-scale own generation and energy efficiency. Paper presented at South African Economic Regulators Conference held in Pretoria on the 21 & 22 August 2012.
Trollip, H., Tyler, E . 2011. Is South Africa’s economic policy aligned with our national mitigation policy direction and low carbon future: an examination of the carbon tax, industrial policy, New Growth Path and Integrated Resource Plan. National Planning Commission, Pretoria.
Marquard, A., Trollip H. and Winkler, H. 2011. Opportunities for and Costs of Mitigation in South African Economy. Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town.
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). 2011. ASSAf Commentary on the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity 2010 – 2030 (Hilton made a substantial contribution). www.assaf.org.za/files/2012/05/IRP-web.pdf
Trollip, H., Ward, S., Walsh. 2011 Moving Mountains. Cape Town’s Action Plan for Energy and Climate Change. City of Cape Town, 2011. http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Graphics%20and%20educational%20material/Moving_Mountains_Energy+CC_booklet_2011-11.pdf
Helen Suzman Foundation Quarterly Roundtable 2010. The Energy Mix: Electrifying South Africa. Verbatim record and commentary of formal debate between Hilton Trollip, Bobby Godsell, Ira Magaziner (Magaziner was the senior advisor for policy development for President Clinton, especially as chief healthcare policy advisor) and South African Energy Minister Dipuo Peters. http://hsf.org.za/resource-centre/roundtable-series/QRSSept17thweb.pdf
**Trollip, H., et al. Submission on Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity of 2010. 10 December 2010. Submission by Idasa. https://irp2.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/irp2-submission-idasa-10dec2010.pdf
**Electricity Governance Initiative of South Africa 2010. The Governance of Power - Shedding a light on the electricity sector in South Africa. Published by Idasa, 357 Visagie Street, Pretoria 0001. (Hilton conducted the substantial part of the research for this publication and was the chief drafter of the initial draft).
Trollip, H. 2007. South African Energy Policy & G8 Petersburg Declaration on Global Energy Security. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Department for Development Policy - Dialogue on Globalization. FES Briefing Paper 11 August 2007.
Sustainable Energy Africa 2006. State of Energy in South African Cities 2006. (Hilton was a lead researcher and writer of the detailed 165pp report). www.cityenergy.org.za/uploads/resource_82.pdf
Trollip, H. 1999. BMI-Techknowledge Communication Technologies Handbook, 1999. Publisher BMI-T Group. 479 pp. (Hilton was managing editor and research manager of field research in > 20 African countries. Mbendi stated that this edition of the “Handbook is widely recognised as the leading reference work of its kind in the world”).
Trollip, H. 1996. Overview of the South African energy sector. Report No. EG9404. Pretoria, Department of Minerals & Energy. (This was a groundbreaking report).
Trollip, H. 1994. The gas future in South Africa: Gas industry issues that will shape new directions in South African energy. Conference paper delivered at Africa Oil 94 Conference, Cape Town.