Dr Kristy Langerman is a senior lecturer at the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies at the University of Johannesburg, where she coordinates the Energy Studies Honours programme. She obtained her PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2003, and conducted postdoctoral research at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. In 2005 she moved to Eskom’s Research Centre, where she headed up numerous air quality research projects. From 2008, she managed the Air Quality Centre of Excellence at Eskom’s Environmental Management Department. While there, Dr Langerman spearheaded Eskom’s programme to transition low-income households on the South African Highveld from coal to cleaner sources of energy. Her research interests include energy and air quality, particularly in the context of low-income communities. She was the President of the National Association for Clean Air (NACA) from 2012 to 2014 and is a co-editor of the Clean Air Journal. She won the Best Paper award at the NACA conference in 2007 and 2015, and was given a commendation award for her paper presented at the Domestic Use of Energy Conference in 2018.