Mariëlle Feenstra, PhD candidate

Telephone: +31 (0)6 – 2783 7356

Mariëlle Feenstra wrote the first-ever thesis on gender-aware energy policy with case studies from Uganda and South Africa as a University Twente master student in 2002. She specialised in gender and development within her master European Studies & International Relations. Inspired by an Internship at the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), she became a research assistant of Prof. Dr. Joy Clancy focusing on gender and energy. For ENERGIA, she compiled the first-ever annotated bibliography on gender and energy.

In her PhD research she will continue her academic work on gender-aware energy policy, focusing on stakeholders participation in the policy process cycle. How to formulate and implement a gender-aware energy policy by integrating the influence of stakeholders in the policy cycle, using the experiences with gender mainstreaming in the South for enhancing the design of demand-driven energy policy within the European Union.

Besides her PhD, she works as Fundraiser and EU advisor for the municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. She manages several projects funded by the EU supporting local energy initiatives. She has fifteen years of experience in international project management. As a policy advisor within municipalities, she works on a variety of policy fields like employment, education, entrepreneurship, energytransition, mobility and heritage. While living in Québec City, Canada she was the research assistant North-America of Oxford Analytica, an UK based international relations consulting firm. Mariëlle developed a marketlaunch strategy for a daily brief on international politics concerning energy and oil&gas, serving major mining companies and multinationals.

Expertise and Research interests:

  • Public policy
  • Gender studies
  • Energy policy
  • North – South, International Relations, EU

Publications and selected presentations:

  • “Mainstreaming gender in energy policy”, NORAD position paper, 2010
  • “How to engender energy policy”, Energia technical paper, 2006
  • “Gender and energy for sustainable development”, a UNDP toolkit, 2004
  • “Towards a gender-aware energy policy: a case study from South Africa and Uganda”, Masterthesis University Twente, Department of Public Policy, 2002
  • “Annotated bibliography Gender & Energy” Energia, 2001
  • ”Implementation and rectification of CEDAW in East and South-East Asia”, UN Research paper, 2000