Gender 'blindness' impacts negatively on engagement with smart home technologies. If the energy transition is to be realised, then gender must be addressed.
This special issue explores key questions in the energy transition: How is gender accounted for in the visions, relationships and practices with smart technologies? How does this impact on energy outcomes? How can gender insights make energy policy more effective?
Guest editorial team: Kirsten Gram-Hanssen, Yolande Strengers, Line K. Aagaard & Kari Dahlgren
Smart home and other emerging technologies (e.g. home automation and load control, solar and battery charging integration, real-time feedback, demand response and/or improved efficiency) require considerable involvement and participation from inhabitants. This special issue reveals why understanding the gender impacts of these technologies is crucial for realising the energy policy, regulatory and building efficiency aspirations.
New research identifies how technology use, energy consumption and everyday practices in homes reflect gendered differences. Evidence is presented that shows policy and industry visions for smart home technologies often neglect the importance of gender in the implementation of technologies into everyday life. A gender ‘blindness’ is detected which highlights the inequities that characterise technology use, energy consumption, and access in Global North and South contexts.
The special issue calls for more inclusive technologies designed for different competences, flexible practices, routines and values. More inclusive visions within policy and industry are needed to acknowledge, regulate with, and design for the lived experiences, gendered dynamics and everyday practices of people. The special issue calls for more inclusive technologies designed for different competences, flexible practices and routines. Policymakers, technologists and researchers need to carefully consider and attune to these dynamics. Maintaining an intersectional gender lens will be critical to realising energy policy ambitions, and ensuring that the energy transition delivers equitable and inclusive outcomes.
Energy, emerging technologiesand gender in homes [editorial]
Y. Strengers, K. Gram-Hanssen, K. Dahlgren & L.K. Aagaard
Technological fascination and reluctance: gendered
practices in the smart home
L. K. Aagard & L.V. Madsen
Masculine roles and practices in homes with photovoltaic
M. Mechlenborg & K. Gram-Hanssen
The gender of smart charging
Living in an Active Home: household dynamics and
F. Shirani, K. O’Sullivan, K. Henwood, R. Hale & N. Pidgeon
Energy housekeeping: intersections of gender, domestic
labour and technologies
Who cares? How care practices uphold the decentralised
K. Lucas-Healey, H. Ransan-Cooper, H. Temby & A.W. Russell
Attuning smart home scripts to household and energy care
Emerging technologies’ impacts on ‘man caves’ and their
Y. Strengers, K. Dahlgren & L. Nicholls
Brokering gender empowerment in energy access in the
A. Schiffer, M. Greene, R. Khalid, C. Foulds, C.A. Vidal, M. Chatterjee, S. Dhar-Bhattacharjee, N. Edomah, O. Sule, D. Palit & A.N. Yesutanbul
The gendering of energy household labour
A. Aggeli, T.H. Christensen & S.P.A.K. Larsen
Gender roles and domestic power in energy-saving home
Dismantling Power and Bringing Reflexivity into the Eco-modern Home
O. Osunmuyiwa, H. Ahlborg, M. Hultman, K. Michael & A. Åberg
Gender and Ethics of Care in Energy Systems
What is the Problem that Smart Home Technologies Solve?
Blind Spots in Energy Policy
Climate action at the neighbourhood scale: Comparing municipal future scenarios
Y Lu, C Girling, N Martino, J Kim, R Kellett & J Salter
Transformational climate actions by cities [editorial]
K R Slater & J B Robinson
Heat stress: adaptation measures in South African informal settlements
J M Hugo
The urban expansion of Berlin, 1862–1900: Hobrecht’s Plan
Common sources of occupant dissatisfaction with workspace environments in 600 office buildings
T Parkinson, S Schiavon, J Kim & G Betti
Collapse and Catastrophe: The Need to Protect Inhabitants
In light of the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, David Oswald and Trivess Moore (RMIT University) reflect on the rights that inhabitants have for buildings to be safe, healthy, comfortable and robust. However, serial and various failings in the construction supply side and its oversight by governments mean greater accountability is needed.
Blind Spots in Energy Policy
As a policy practitioner who leads a national organisation representing households and small businesses in shaping the future of Australia’s energy system, Lynne Gallagher (Energy Consumers Australia) responds to the Buildings & Cities special issue, Energy, Emerging Technologies and Gender in Homes. Insights from lived experience reveal blind spots in the design, provision and use of smart tech that adversely affect energy outcomes.