Harald Winkler is Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT) (South-Africa).
The research interests of Professor Winkler explore the intersections of climate change mitigation, poverty and inequality. He worked at the Energy Research Centre (ERC) for two decades, exploring climate change and the economics of mitigation in the context of poverty and sustainable development.
Professor Winkler has written on topics including transparency, equity and comparative analysis of mitigation actions in developing countries. His research has informed energy and climate policy at the national level and multi-lateral negotiations. He has researched a carbon tax among other policy instruments. He led the research work underpinning South Africa’s Long-Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS). From 2010 to 2015, he co-directed a large programme called MAPS – Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios, sharing the LTMS experience with governments, researchers and facilitators in other developing countries.
Winkler is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Climate Policy from 2017, is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group III on mitigation, and is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He has been a member of the South Africa delegation to the negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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