Dr. Jules Schers is a visiting researcher at the Energy Systems Research Group at the University of Cape Town (UCT) supported by Expertise France as part of scientific cooperation between France and South Africa. His research concerns the question of socio-economic impacts of, and conditions for climate change mitigation policies. His current research interests are economic implications of transitioning away from coal, as well as questions of long term economic modelling, like how to represent labour markets and economic structural change.
Before joining the ERC, Jules was a researcher at CIRED in Paris (France) where he also obtained his PhD in economics from Université Paris-Saclay. He furthermore holds a MSc in Energy Science from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) where he wrote his MSc thesis on benefits, trends and costs of rural electrification and worked as an energy analyst on the question of energy access for the World Energy Outlook 2012 at the International Energy Agency (IEA). He also worked in engineering and environmental consultancy firms on the topics of carbon footprinting, environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and waste management and recycling.