IGS University of Twente
Research group CSTM


Methodological Approaches

The Revelatory power of Feminist Political Ecology

Dr Wendy Harcourt, ISS-Erasmus University

Dr Rebecca Elmhirst, University of Brighton

Rebecca Elmhirst and Wendy Harcourt in their joint presentation, will first explain the framing of the new feminist political ecology in relation to its aim to challenge dominant development discourses and practice around gender and the environment. They will then present two case studies in relation to gender in the energy transition: community resistance in Central Italy to the large energy company Enel ‘Green Power’ project and the impacts of large-scale land investments for oil palm cultivation in Indonesia. They will use these examples to explain the ‘revelatory power’ of the new feminist political ecology, and to explore how an engagement with ‘sciences from below’ in each context offers possibilities for producing new knowledges and for fostering potentially transformative practices in the gender-energy nexus. In conclusion they will present future plans for a feminist network that links scholars and activists in collaborative, self-reflective problem-solving research that aims to support local community partners, as well as feed into timely policy debates around sustainable development.

Indicators and metrics for gender and energy research

Dr Annemarije Kooijman-van Dijk, ENERGIA IS

Enhancing the contribution of energy interventions to gender equality is a prominent theme in discussions on energy and development. However, insight is lacking on the measures needed to achieve such gender benefits, and the extent to which gender equality objectives are subsequently reached. Indicators along the energy chain can support the quantification and qualification of the gender issues, and of the influence of energy interventions and accompanying measures on men, women, and gender balance. Work on the study and development of such gender indicators along the energy chain is being performed in the ENERGIA Gender and Energy Research Programme. An analysis of indicators used in this field shows the choices and assumptions made by selecting indicators. Multimethod approaches serve to develop context specific indicators that are relevant to the question to be addressed. Although indicators cannot fully capture complex issues such as empowerment, they do have a role to play in understanding whether change is in the direction of the objective of increasing gender equality.