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Dr Suzanne Smit

Associate Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Management
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 233115


Dr Smit Luyt hails from South Africa where she has been teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate modules on Sustainable Development and Green Economy at Stellenbosch University. She has also worked as a senior research manager, policy advisor and project co-ordinator on a number of projects across Africa. She holds a Doctorate in Public Management and Development Planning, a Master's and Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Development, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Administration and a National Diploma in Public Relations Management. Her interests and expertise relate to sustainable development, systems thinking, renewable energy, resource use, green/circular economy, gendered aspects of growth and development, stakeholder engagement, and sustainable and ‘just’ cities.

Learner Support Office Hours

Mondays 3pm to 4pm (Online) and Tuesdays 1pm to 2pm (Online)

To arrange a PAT or a Project Supervision meeting please book via the Virtual Office.


Industrial Symbiosis

Circular Economy

Sustainable Development


Teaching interests

Circular Economy

Industrial Symbiosis

Sustainable Development

System dynamics

Stakeholder engagement

Professional activities

  • Programme Lead: Distance Learning MBA


TitleModelling gendered innovation for the security of energy services in poor urban environments (2022)
AuthorsBatinge B.;Musango J.K.;Ceschin F.;Ambole A.;Smit S.;Petrulaityte A.
JournalSystems Research and Behavioral Science
TitleDevelopment of living labs to support gendered energy technology innovation in poor urban environments (2022)
AuthorsMukama M.;Musango J.K.;Smit S.;Ceschin F.;Petrulaityte A.
JournalTechnology in Society
TitleAddressing gender dimensions in energy innovations: A gender analysis framework for informal urban settlements in Africa (2022)
AuthorsAnditi C.;Musango J.K.;Smit S.;Ceschin F.
JournalEnergy Research and Social Science
TitleBuilding capacity towards what? Proposing a framework for the analysis of energy transition governance in the context of urban informality in Sub-Saharan Africa (2021)
AuthorsKovacic Z.;Musango J.K.;Buyana K.;Ambole A.;Smit S.;Mwau B.;Ogot M.;Lwasa S.;Brent A.
JournalLocal Environment
TitleMainstreaming gender to achieve security of energy services in poor urban environments (2020)
AuthorsMusango J.K.;Smit S.;Ceschin F.;Ambole A.;Batinge B.;Anditi C.;Petrulaityte A.;Mukama M.
JournalEnergy Research and Social Science
TitleUnderstanding electricity legitimacy dynamics in an urban informal settlement in South Africa: A Community Based System Dynamics approach (2019)
AuthorsSmit S.;Musango J.;Brent A.
JournalEnergy for Sustainable Development
TitleTowards Measuring the Informal City: A Societal Metabolism Approach (2019)
AuthorsSmit S.;Musango J.;Kovacic Z.;Brent A.
JournalJournal of Industrial Ecology
TitleInterrogating differences: A comparative analysis of Africa's informal settlements (2019)
AuthorsKovacic Z.;Musango J.K.;Ambole L.A.;Buyana K.;Smit S.;Anditi C.;Mwau B.;Ogot M.;Lwasa S.;Brent A.C.;Nsangi G.;Sseviiri H.
JournalWorld Development
TitleMediating household energy transitions through co-design in urban Kenya, Uganda and South Africa (2019)
AuthorsAmbole A.;Musango J.K.;Buyana K.;Ogot M.;Anditi C.;Mwau B.;Kovacic Z.;Smit S.;Lwasa S.;Nsangi G.;Sseviiri H.;Brent A.C.
JournalEnergy Research and Social Science
TitleProposing a master’s programme on participatory integrated assessment of energy systems to promote energy access and energy efficiency in Southern Africa (2018)
AuthorsKiravu C.;Diaz-Maurin F.;Giampietro M.;Brent A.C.;Bukkens S.G.F.;Chiguvare Z.;Gasennelwe-Jeffrey M.A.;Gope G.;Kovacic Z.;Magole L.;Musango J.K.;Ruiz-Rivas Hernando U.;Smit S.;Vázquez Barquero A.;Yunta Mezquita F.
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
TitleConceptualising slum in an urban African context (2017)
AuthorsSmit S.;Musango J.K.;Kovacic Z.;Brent A.C.
TitleUtilization of System Dynamics in Southern Africa: A Systematic Review (2017)
AuthorsBrent, Alan C; Musango, Josephine K; Smit, Suzanne ; Pillay, Nalini S; Botha, Andries; Louw, Rudolph; Roper, Stephen; Simelani, Thokozani; Clifford-Holmes, Jai K; Pretorius, Leon
JournalSystems Research and Behavioral Science
PublisherWiley Periodicals Inc
DOI 10.1002/sres.2401
TitleProbing uncertainty levels of electrification in informal urban settlements: A case from South Africa (2016)
AuthorsKovacic Z.;Smit S.;Musango J.K.;Brent A.C.;Giampietro M.
JournalHabitat International
Title Exploring the connections between green economy and informal economy in South Africa (2015)
AuthorsSmit, Suzanne; Musango, Josephine K.
JournalSouth African Journal of Science
PublisherAfrican Online Scientific Information Systems (Pty) Ltd t/a AOSIS
DOI 10.17159/sajs.2015/20140435
TitleTowards connecting green economy with informal economy in South Africa: A review and way forward (2015)
AuthorsSmit S.;Musango J.K.
JournalEcological Economics