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Gender and solar energy in India's low-carbon energy transition

Karina Standal, Mariëlle Feenstra

The current context and future consequences of climate change require a shift in how we produce and consume energy. However, in order to secure a just and inclusive energy transition, there is a need to understand the effects of a low carbon energy transition across society, as well as how people can engage in such a process on an equitable basis. This chapter explores how gender relations frame women’s and men’s participation, decision-making and benefits in the implementation of renewable solar energy at household and community level in India. Drawing on ethnographic methods and a capital and energy justice framework we illustrate how women and men often possess different human, social, economic and symbolic capital that influence their agency to engage with new energy technologies. We conclude with a discussion on how capital and energy justice as a conceptual framework can provide a useful tool for designing and implementing gender-sensitive policies and interventions.

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  • Year: 2021
  • Language: English