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Strengthening Gender Justice in a Just Transition: A Research Agenda Based on a Systematic Map of Gender in Coal Transitions

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Workgroup for Economic and Infrastructure Policy (WIP), TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, Germany
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Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (ZNES), Europa-Universität Flensburg, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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Department of Energy, Transportation, Environment, DIW Berlin, Mohrenstraße 58, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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Institute of Sustainability Governance, Leuphana University, 21335 Lüneburg, Germany
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Academic Editor: Maxim Tyulenev
Energies 2021, 14(18), 5985; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14185985
Received: 5 August 2021 / Revised: 8 September 2021 / Accepted: 9 September 2021 / Published: 21 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Women in Energy Economics and Policy)
For climate change mitigation, a rapid phase-out of fossil fuels such as coal is necessary. This has far-reaching gender-specific consequences. This paper presents a systematic map of the literature that examines the impact of historical coal phase-out processes on women and their role in these processes. The search process consisted of screening over 3100 abstracts and reading 247 full-text studies. The analysis of the 73 publications ultimately included in the systematic map shows that past coal phase-outs meant both opportunities (e.g., increased labour market participation) as well as burdens for women (e.g., double burden of job and household). It becomes clear that agency within coal transitions was also gendered. For example, it was difficult for women to gain access to union structures, which led them to organise themselves into grassroots movements. Our research shows that policies aiming for a just sustainability transition should always be explicitly gender-responsive. However, the impact of sustainability transitions on women’s lives remains largely under-researched. Therefore, we propose a research agenda based on our findings containing six key issues that need to be addressed scientifically. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender; coal phase-out; just transition; women; systematic map; research agenda gender; coal phase-out; just transition; women; systematic map; research agenda
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Walk, P.; Braunger, I.; Semb, J.; Brodtmann, C.; Oei, P.-Y.; Kemfert, C. Strengthening Gender Justice in a Just Transition: A Research Agenda Based on a Systematic Map of Gender in Coal Transitions. Energies 2021, 14, 5985. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14185985

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Walk P, Braunger I, Semb J, Brodtmann C, Oei P-Y, Kemfert C. Strengthening Gender Justice in a Just Transition: A Research Agenda Based on a Systematic Map of Gender in Coal Transitions. Energies. 2021; 14(18):5985. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14185985

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Walk, Paula, Isabell Braunger, Josephine Semb, Carolin Brodtmann, Pao-Yu Oei, and Claudia Kemfert. 2021. "Strengthening Gender Justice in a Just Transition: A Research Agenda Based on a Systematic Map of Gender in Coal Transitions" Energies 14, no. 18: 5985. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14185985

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