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GENS participates at the launch of the OECD g...

On 21 May 2021, GENS chairholder, Prof Josephine Musango, participated as one of the panellists at the launch of the OECD gender and Environment nexus. The environment is linked to SDG 7 on affordable and clean energy and SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities. The report shows that: Environmental degradation impacts women and men […]

GENS Team Uses System Dynamics to Understand ...

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 poor urban environments, GENS Team published a journal paper using the system dynamics method, led by our former GENS postdoctoral fellow, Dr Benjamin Batinge and co-authored by Prof Josephine Musango, Dr […]

GENS Hosts Energy and Gender in South Africa ...

GENS Hosts Energy and Gender in South Africa Stakeholder Workshop

GENS held a first virtual stakeholder engagement workshop on Energy and Gender in South Africa on 24 March 2021. The workshop was themed Mainstreaming gender for energy security in informal settlements in South Africa and brought together 30 stakeholders, who were from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, DrakeĀ  nstein Municipality, business, Groenheuwel community […]

GENS Team Publishes a Paper Setting the Scene...

GENS Team Publishes a Paper Setting the Scene!

Two questions the GENS Team frequently get asked when we mention the name of the Africa-UK Trilateral Research Chair, Mainstreaming Gender for Energy Security In Poor Urban Environments are: (i) What do you mean by “mainstreaming gender”? (ii) What do you mean by “energy security” OR “energy insecurity”? As such, the GENS Team has published […]

Data Collection in Trying Times: The Mathare ...

Data Collection in Trying Times: The Mathare Informal Settlement in Nairobi, Kenya

Amidst the COVID-19 lockdown that has slowed down activities around the world, Researchers under the Africa-UK Trilateral Research Chair on Mainstreaming Gender for Energy Security in Poor Urban Environments (GENS) are finding novel and exciting ways of carrying out ethnographic research. During our monthly GENS working session, the GENS Nairobi team carrying out pilot research […]

Adversity Ignites GENS Team Creativity!

Adversity Ignites GENS Team Creativity!

What would you do if you were to think without a box? On 23 June 2020 GENS Team kickstarted monthly working sessions, thanks to our GENS PI from the University of Nairobi, Dr Amollo Ambole, for initiating the idea! As outcome based meetings, we encourage creativity, sharing, brainstorming and adding value to each of the […]

GENS Nairobi Research Team Kickstarts Stakeho...

GENS Nairobi Research Team Kickstarts Stakeholder Engagement Process

On the 2nd of June 2020, the GENS Nairobi research team from the University of Nairobi met with potential stakeholders from Mathare informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting aimed to kickstart the stakeholder engagement process by introducing GENS research to community leaders from Mathare. In a two-hour meeting, the participants explored the diverse range […]

How can we do research differently when conve...

How can we do research differently when conventional methods are no longer applicable?

The GENS Researchers are embracing the new ways of doing research. Setting up of GENS Living Labs in Groenheuwel in Paarl and Mathare in Nairobi is the core of GENS Research. It requires us to engage with the communities and collect both quantitative and qualitative data. Qualitative data collection involves face to face engagements. However, […]

SU, Radio KC searching together for energy so...

True to its commitment to bring about social, cultural, environmental and economic development and change in communities, Stellenbosch University (SU) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Radio KC, a leading community radio station in the greater Paarl and Wellington areas. Read more…

Congratulations Christer Anditi!

Congratulations Christer Anditi!

On behalf of GENS Team, we congratulate Christer Anditi, GENS PhD Researcher, for successfully getting her PhD proposal approved by the Academic Committee on 9 June 2020, despite the challenging conditions. The GENS Team is over the moon for Christer’s achievement! Well done! ā€œOpportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most […]