University Of Cape Town (UCT)
Jesse Burton is a senior associate at London-based thinktank E3G and a researcher in the Energy Systems Research group at the University of Cape Town. She holds an MSc in Energy Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research focuses on the South African coal and electricity sectors. Some of her recent research has quantified fossil fuel subsidies in South Africa and the politics of their support, the cost and greenhouse gas implications of future coal investments, the costs and risks of stranded assets in the South African energy sector, and the economics of coal-fired power and coal mining. She led the South African team of the global Coal Transitions research project, which examines the implications of fossil fuel economics and climate policy on large coal countries, including labour market effects. Jesse is currently involved in developing an alternative electricity plan for South Africa, in research examining the employment and skills impacts of future electricity pathways, and in studying how the implementation of a just transition for coal workers and communities in South Africa can leverage the benefits of the energy transition. Jesse undertakes multidisciplinary research that combines quantitative assessments of the energy sector and the implications of this on policy for the sector. She has wide ranging expertise on coal and electricity markets and energy policy in South Africa.