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Gender and Household Energy: Female Participation in Designing Domestic Energy in India's Slum Rehabilitation Housing

Women's involvement in decision-making in domestic energy remains an under-researched area, especially in the urban context. This project asks how women are included in the design and delivery of slum rehabilitation housing schemes in India.

This research adopts a gendered perspective in exploring energy use, household practices and adaptation of new technologies in slum rehabilitation housing in India. Drawing from the interdisciplinary expertise of the engineering and social sciences, the project aims to understand 1) quantitative energy use, household air pollution and environmental conditions in the housing units, and 2) female occupants’ comfort, cooking and child rearing practices, needs and aspirations. The research asks how women are currently included in the design and delivery of slum rehabilitation housing schemes in India. It investigates knowledge exchange between policy makers, developers, designers and female occupants, with a focus on strategies to increase women's participation in the design process.

Project Outputs

Gender, domestic energy and design of inclusive low-income habitats: A case of slum rehabilitation housing in Mumbai, India

Life in slum rehab leaves women with little time, money

Principal Investigator: Dr Minna Sunikka-Blank, University of Cambridge

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