Mainstreaming Gender for Energy Security in Poor Urban Environments, in short, Gender for Energy Security (GENS), is a Stellenbosch University Tier 1 Africa-UK Trilateral Research Chair, under the leadership of Prof Josephine Kaviti Musango from the School of Public Leadership. The GENS Trilateral Research Chair is in collaboration with Brunel University London (BUL) led by Dr Fabrizio Ceschin from the Design Department, and University of Nairobi (UoN) Dr Betty Mwiti from School of Design.

The Trilateral collaboration is funded by National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Newton Fund through the British Council.

The overall objective of the GENS Trilateral Chair is to build research capacity and produce knowledge across Africa concerning gender-informed innovation and commercialisation opportunities in alternative energy technology and services.


Specific Objectives of the GENS Trilateral Chair

  • To co-generate gendered understanding on alternative energy technology and service options with energy poor women and other stakeholders
  • To co-design gendered innovations and explore commercialisation opportunities in alternative energy technology and services
  • To facilitate multi-agency collaboration across government sectors and levels for an integrated gendered policy landscape in energy technology commercialisation
  • To build, enhance and support research capacity and collaborations

To advance the research on gendered energy innovations in urban poor environments, GENS is inspired to make societal impact by having inter- and trans-disciplinary collaborations through engaging with both academic and non-academic stakeholders including: city decision-makers, urban residents, industry, business, urban planning, design professionals and non-governmental organisations.