Intersectionality and energy transitions: A review of gender, social equity and low-carbon energy

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  • Oliver W. Johnson
  • Jenny Yi-Chen Han
  • Anne-Louise Knight
  • Mortensen, Sofie
  • May Thazin Aung
  • Michael Boyland
  • Bernadette P. Resurreccion

Transitions to low-carbon energy systems are essential to meeting global commitments to climate change mitigation. Yet "greening" energy systems may not make them any fairer, inclusive or just. In this paper, we review the academic literature to understand the state of knowledge on how diffusion of low-carbon technologies impacts gender and social equity in intersectional ways. Our findings indicate that renewable energy projects alone cannot achieve gender and social equity, as energy interventions do not automatically tackle the structural dynamics embedded within socio-cultural and socio-economic contexts. If existing power asymmetries related to access and resource distribution are not addressed early on, the same structural inequalities will simply be replicated and transferred over into new energy regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101774
JournalEnergy Research & Social Science
Volume70
Number of pages14
ISSN2214-6296
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Energy transitions, Low-carbon energy, Climate change, Renewable energy, Gender equality, Social equity, SOLAR HOME SYSTEMS, RENEWABLE ENERGY, SUSTAINABILITY TRANSITIONS, RURAL ELECTRIFICATION, POVERTY ALLEVIATION, DECISION-MAKING, JATROPHA-CURCAS, IMPACTS, JUSTICE, COMMUNITIES

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