South African Young Academy of Science

Roula Inglesi-Lotz

Roula Inglesi-Lotz

Professor Roula Inglesi-Lotz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria and a Y1 NRF Rated academic.

She completed her undergraduate studies in 2006 at the University of Macedonia, Greece and continued with her postgraduate studies at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2008. She received a Postgraduate Fellowship from the Department of Economics towards her PhD and a three-year bursary from the South African National Energy Development Institute of the Department of Energy. Her doctoral thesis was titled A sectoral benchmark-and-trade system to improve electricity efficiency in South Africa.

Her research continues to focus on energy and environmental issues seeking answers to pressing issues associated with traditional ways of consuming and generating energy as well as investigating new and alternative solutions for higher efficiency in the consumption of energy and renewable fuels for generating energy.  Prof Inglesi-Lotz has published more than 40 papers in international and local peer-reviewed.

With an NRF Y1 rating, Prof. Inglesi-Lotz is the author of over 45 peer-reviewed publications and 2 book chapters.  Prof. Inglesi-Lotz currently supervises 4 PhD, 1 MCom and 4 Honours students. She has successfully supervised 12 MCom students, 10 of which graduated cum laude. She currently is responsible for the Research methodology course at Honours level. She has also developed the curriculum and currently teaches the first course on Energy and Environmental Economics in the Department of Economics, UP with main focus on the interlinkages between energy, the environment and the macroeconomy.

In 2017, she was received the award for the Distinguished Young Woman Researcher in the Humanities and Social Sciences category at the 2017 Women in Science Awards, by the South African Department of Science and Technology.

Roula is a fellow of the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE) as well as the Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA). She is on the editorial panel of the Journal of Southern Africa (JESA), as well as a reviewer for several top international journals. She is currently an affiliate of Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA), a member of the Econometric Society and the Association for The Advancement of African Women Economists (AAAWE).