UK (Loughborough University) Feminist political ecology and Ubuntu of energy poverty: Towards a synthesis

IAS Open Programme Fellow Dr Ellen Fungisai Chipango delivers a seminar on her research.

While energy technologies are considered game changers for women’s livelihood and empowerment, there is little understanding of vulnerabilities that can leave women in a worse-off position despite having access to technology. With a view to debunking techno-utopianism, Dr Chipango draws on feminist political ecology to argue that addressing structural factors such as the market, socio-cultural as well as political-economic challenges and institutions needs to be the starting point.