Research Fellow Ana Stojilovska together with Mariëlle Feenstra has authored a book chapter exploring the experiences, challenges, and practices in the households of energy-vulnerable women in North Macedonia and Austria. Results indicate that female energy poverty at the household level only mirrors the existing gender inequalities in society. Women experience energy poverty due to low incomes, the physical burden of using outdated but affordable energy carriers, and their emotional and cognitive caretaker or caregiver's role in the family. Women in energy poverty face limitations and dependence when it comes to making decisions about managing energy in their homes. To achieve a socially just energy transition, there is a need to recognize the female face of energy poverty.
The book chapter is part of a new book titled Living with Energy Poverty Perspectives from the Global North and South published by Routledge. The book expands our understanding that the lived experience of energy poverty is a complex problem that requires nuanced understanding. It takes an interdisciplinary approach exploring 20 case studies in different contexts.
Stojilovska, A., & Feenstra, M. (2023). Female Voices of Energy Deprivation The Lived Experience of Energy Vulnerable Women in North Macedonia and Austria In P. V. Herrejón, B. Lennon, & N. P. Dunphy (Eds.), Living with Energy Poverty Perspectives from the Global North and South London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003408536