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.

GENS hosts its second energy and gender multi-stakeholder workshop in South Africa

Over the last two years, the GENS researchers have been exploring gendered perspectives to the urban household energy transition, with two case...

GENS participates at the launch of the OECD gender and environment report

On 21 May 2021, GENS chairholder, Prof Josephine Musango, participated as one of the panellists at the launch of the OECD gender and Environment...

GENS Team Uses System Dynamics to Understand Gendered Energy Innovation

System dynamics is a way of thinking and doing things from a holistic approach. As part of contextualising the problem of mainstreaming gender in...