Dr Thabo Sacolo

Senior Research Fellow

Thabo Sacolo is a Senior Research Fellow at the Eswatini Economic Policy Analysis and Research Centre (ESEPARC). His research focuses on behavioural economics (choice modelling and willingness to pay elicitation), environmental policy, agricultural development, natural resource management, and impact assessment. He has publications in water policy and trade (regional integration and non-tariff barriers to trade). Thabo has been involved in several projects both at national and regional level: understanding the demand for and efficient use of water in the Limpopo River Basin; affordability and willingness to pay for water and sanitation services in Eswatini; forest ecosystems in transition to green economy and the role of REDD+ in Tanzania.

He holds a PhD in Environmental Economics and an MSc degree in Agricultural Economics (Environmental Economics major) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Eswatini.

Prior to joining ESEPARC, he was a lecturer of Research Methodology, Introduction to Economics, Applied Economics, and International Trade at Tshwane University of Technology. During his two-year teaching career, Thabo was also the course coordinator for Research Methodology. While pursuing his studies, he also worked for the University of Pretoria as a Research Assistant and was involved in numerous projects carried out by the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA). He also served as an Assistant Programme Director for the African Economics Research Consortium (AERC) Collaborative Masters.

CONTACT
Email: sacolothabo@separc.co.sz

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Behavioural economics

Environmental policy
Agricultural development
Natural resources management
Impact assessment
Water policy and trade

CURRENT POSITION
Senior Research Fellow, ESEPARC

PAST POSITIONS
Lecturer – Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria (SA)

Course Coordinator – Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria (SA)
Research Assistant – University of Pretoria (SA)
Assistant Programme Director – African Economics Research Consortium (AERC)
Collaborative Masters (Kenya)

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Environmental Economics – University of Pretoria (SA)
M.Sc., Agricultural Economics – University of Pretoria (SA)
B.Sc., Agricultural Economics – University of Eswatini (SD)