IGS University of Twente
Research group CSTM

Prof. Dr. Joy S. Clancy

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Dr. Joy Clancy is a Professor in Development Studies specializing in Gender and Energy. She joined the University of Twene in 1989 as a member of the Technology and Development Group, part of which has been amalgamated into CSTM marking the moment when Joy became a member of CSTM. Joy’s research has focused, for more than 30 years, on small scale energy systems for developing countries, including the technology transfer process and the role that energy plays as an input for small businesses and the potential it offers entrepreneurs, particularly women, through the provision of a new infrastructure service. Gender and energy has been an important factor addressed in this research. Recently she has been working on social inclusion and exclusion in biofuel value chains and the impacts on poverty.

She is a founder member of ENERGIA, the international network on Gender for whom she currently the Principal Investigator in a 5 year £4.5 million research project funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID): Building the Evidence Base for Improving Energy Investments Effectiveness by Taking a Gendered Approach (http://energia.org/research/). Joy is also a co-convenor of the Gender and Development Working Group of the European Association of Development and Training Institutes (EADI). From 2009 to 2013 Dr Clancy was a technical advisor on gender and energy to the World Bank AFREA Programme. She has recently contributed to the Global Tracking Framework 2015 Report.




Energy use & energy management in small & informal sector business in the South


Gender mainstreaming in energy policy


Energy access




Capacity building in energy sector





Use of renewable energy resources and energy management in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on biofuels and other forms of biomass, small-scale enterprises, gender issues and environmental impacts.


Gender, Technology and Development (Joint editor).


Energy, gender and nutrition


Publications can be found HERE