Energy Infrastructure: Gendered Analyses


This bibliography aims to provide a guide to the landscape of research-based knowledge on the relationship between energy infrastructure and gender. It is divided into thematically into five sections; each theme is further divided into sub-sections, the first devoted to academic research and the second collecting some of the valuable literature emerging from NGOs, think tanks, policy institutions and international organizations.

  • The first and largest section of the bibliography concerns gendered access to and consumption of energy. It includes resources on gendered energy poverty and the relationships between climate crisis outcomes and equitable energy access and consumption, or lack thereof. 
  • The second section covers gender in relation to renewable energy industries and policy (solar, wind, hydroelectric, carbon reduction, etc.). This literature includes resources on the challenges and opportunities for gender equity presented by transitions to lowcarbon energy systems. The section also contains several resources that focus on women’s entrepreneurship and leadership in renewable energy and energy policy, presenting both liberal, participatory approaches and more structural and transformative ones. 
  • The third section highlights an important and emerging body of literature on Indigenous communities, gender, and energy. These resources underscore the importance of Indigenous women’s participation in energy management decisions and policy. 
  • The fourth section contains resources that bring a feminist power analysis to issues of gender in energy infrastructure and that critique mainstream gender and energy studies. 
  • The fifth section compiles resources about gender in energy policy, programming, and research. This includes policy recommendations regarding gender in energy infrastructure, writing stressing the importance of gender-diversity in formal energy infrastructure decision-making bodies, and evaluations of past energy-focused research and programs.

This bibliography was created by the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, as part of our Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace and Planet (FRSPP) project. The FRSPP focuses on the transnational economic actors and processes that tend to deepen the inequalities that underlie armed conflicts and to undermine the prospects for peace that is both politically and environmentally sustainable. Its goal is to provide: forward-looking expert knowledge of those processes; analyses of their impacts on gender relations and other structural inequalities underlying armed conflicts; and recommendations for how to engage and modify those processes to be more supportive of the societal transformations critical to building gender-equitable, sustainable peace. Topics addressed in the FRSPP include, inter alia: the economic recovery policy prescriptions of international financial institutions; extractive industries and natural resource policy; land rights, large scale land acquisition and land grabbing; infrastructure reconstruction; and climate disruption.

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