Special Issue "Women in Energy Economics and Policy"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Economics and Policy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert
Guest Editor
Hertie School of Governance and is head of Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research(DIW), Berlin 10117, Germany
Interests: climate; energy policy; energy economics and sustainability
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Adj.-Prof. Dr. Elke Holst
Guest Editor
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Berlin, Germany
Interests: gender economics; gender gaps in senior positions; gender pay gap; labor economics; remittances; working time

Special Issue Information

The Special Issue "Women in Energy, Economics and Policy" of the journal Energies aims to illustrate the impact of women in and for the energy industry to help solve the major challenges ahead.

The energy sector is facing major challenges and a comprehensive transformation. Climate change is advancing. To help mitigate the effects of climate change, emissions must be reduced significantly. The energy industry is facing a comprehensive transformation toward increased sustainability and climate protection. Conventional energies are being replaced by renewable energies. The structural change may reverse traditional role patterns (UN Woman 2018). A stronger participation of women in modern and innovative energy companies and energy cooperatives is visible, but is energy system transformation really female? Comprehensive decisions are still obviously strongly male-dominated—whether regarding energy policy and thus about state funding, or production, processing, and distribution on the part of companies (World Bank (2017, 2012)). This brings with it the risk of a biased perception of problems and solution strategies and thus the blinding of important aspects. Blind spot resolution is the contribution of women to solving the enormous challenges in the energy industry.

The changes in the energy industry also offer opportunities to increase the number of women in management positions and generally for the inclusion of women in decision-making processes. The proportion of women in the renewable energy sector is higher than in the conventional energy sector (IRENA 2019). In addition, women are often more affected by climate change, especially in developing countries (UN Woman 2018).

This planned Special Issue is therefore focused on the contributions of women in and to the energy sector and energy policy. In particular, it will analyze whether changes in the employment structure in the renewable energy sector are already apparent. All contributions are welcome that, from a gender perspective, deal with both the analysis of existing inequalities and their emergence as well as necessary measures for the future of the energy sector. Of particular interest are papers dealing with economic and political aspects and highlighting the contribution and role of women in this context. The contributions should include policy recommendations.

Possible topics include areas of:

  • The gender inequality in terms of hierarchical positioning and distribution between women and men in occupations (vertical and horizontal segregation)
  • The structures the hinder and promote greater equality in the sector and in energy policy decision-making processes
  • What needs to be done in companies and in politics to improve gender equality in the energy sector
  • The share of women in the renewable energy sector compared to conventional energy
  • Climate protection and sustainability in energy policy - increasing gender equality
  • Is energy system transformation feminine?
  • Can women benefit particularly from climate protection?
  • In which areas of the energy industry is the gender pay gap lowest/highest and why?
  • The company structures that contribute to the reproduction of gender inequality in the energy industry
  • What can companies and politics do to change this?
  • The economic costs and benefits are associated with the necessary change Gender-specific benefits/costs consider for traditional and renewable energy production in the short-, medium-, and long-term Gender budgeting of government expenditure on energy


IRENA (2019), Renewable Energy a Gender Perspective https://www.irena.org/publications/2019/Jan/Renewable-Energy-A-Gender-Perspective

UN Women (2018), Turning Promises into Action: Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, http://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/ publications/2018/2/gender-equality-in-the-2030-agenda-forsustainable-development-2018

World Bank (2017), Energy access and gender: Getting the right balance, ENERGIA, http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/ en/463071494925985630/pdf/115066-BRI-P148200-PUBLICFINALSEARSFGenderweb.pdf, accessed 25 November 2018.

World Bank (2012), World Development Report 2012: Gender and Development, World Bank, Washington, DC. World Bank (2011), Mainstreaming Gender in Energy Projects— A Practical Handbook, https://ppp.worldbank.org/public-privatepartnership/library/mainstreaming-gender-energy-projects- %E2%80%93-practical-handbook.

World Bank (n.d.), Applying a Gender Lens throughout the Project Cycle, https://ppp.worldbank.org/public-privatepartnership/ppp-sector/gender-impacts-ppps/gender-lensproject-cycle/applying-gender-lens-throughout-project-cyc, accessed 7 October 2018

Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert
Adj.-Prof. Dr. Elke Holst
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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