THE Research UNIT


School of Economics - UCT


MONSSA, Digital Transformation Research Unit is based at the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. It was established to collect evidence and enhance understanding of how digital transformation impacts the economy and well-being of the South African society, and more broadly of societies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The School of Economics of the University of Cape Town is a leading Department of Economics on the African continent. It offers a thriving intellectual environment for researchers and graduate students coming from the African continent and outside to engage in economic research on issues which drive the economy and affect the wellbeing of people and the environment.




Prof. Lukasz GRZYBOWSKI is an expert in research and training in the areas of Network and Digital Economics. He holds a doctoral degree from University of Munich and habilitation from Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris. He is Associate Professor of Economics at Telecom ParisTech in Paris and faculty member at the University of Cape Town.


Dr Ryan HAWTHORNE is an expert in competition and economic regulation. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town, a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand and a BBusSc (Hons), University of Cape Town. He has extensive experience in the economics of regulation and competition, including leading the economic analysis for a number of major competition cases for the Competition Commission, regulatory proceedings for ICASA and many others. He is a co-founding Director of Acacia Economics.


Dr Onkokame MOTHOBI specialises in industrial economics, competition and regulatory policies. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Botswana. He has been involved with Research ICT Africa in several business and management consultancies in private and public organisations.