Gender and Energy: Domestic Inequities Reconsidered

  • Citation: Saska Petrova & Neil Simcock (2019) Gender and energy: domestic inequities reconsidered, Social & Cultural Geography
    • Topics:
    • Transnational Issues
    • Keywords:
    • Western Europe
    • energy poverty
    • gender dimension
    • energy inequities

Energy poverty is widely recognized as a problem that affects millions of households globally. Particularly in the ‘Global North’ context, research into this phenomenon has tended to treat households as monolithic units, with little investigation into whether and how energy poverty is differentially experienced within homes. We address this research lacuna by scrutinizing the gender dimensions of domestic energy use and deprivation. Drawing on extensive qualitative research in Poland, Greece and Czechia, we identify two ways in which energy poverty is differentially experienced along gender lines: household practices of responding to and resisting energy poverty, and the emotional labour of living with energy poverty. We also demonstrate how the negotiation of domestic energy deprivation can unveil not only gendered vulnerabilities, but also agency and emancipatory mechanisms. The paper thus provides insights that set an agenda for further research on gendered energy injustices beyond a simplistic, dichotomized victimization discourse.

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