WinEED (Women in Environmental Economics for Development) conducted their first seminar on September 27, in series that will be a monthly recurring event. This inaugural seminar was held in collaboration with the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) on the intersection of gender and energy.
The seminar brought together 59 researchers and students from international institutions across the world.
“It was a good attendance for being the first seminar of its kind and it went really well”, says Stephanie Scott, Coordinator, WinEED.
Speakers at the seminar were Dr. P.P. Krishnapriya from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, USA, and Luciane Lenz, from Leibniz Institute for Economic Research in Essen, Germany.
P.P. Krishnapriya presented her research on whether or not improved cookstoves improve gender outcomes. One take-away from the presentation was that time savings vary between rural and urban regions and fuel collection is a more important household activity in rural homes.
Luciane Lenz talked about cooking technologies, air pollution, and women’s health in rural Senegal. Some of her findings were that air pollution in kitchens massively exceeds the World Health Organization's safe levels. Yet, a very open kitchen has only half the particulate matter load of a closed kitchen. A simple biomass ICS (Improved Cook Stove) and a more costly one yielded very similar results and both curbed firewood consumption substantially.
The two presentations were followed by a Q&A session.
“The speakers were very excited to share their research and they also received some valuable feedback from the attendees”, says Stephanie Scott.
The next seminar will continue on the topic of gender and energy and will be held on October 29 at 7:00 AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) presented by Dipendra Bhattarai and Ngawang Dendup.
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By: Petra Hansson
WinEED is a network of environmental economic centers focusing on research at the intersection between environment & development. WinEED’s main objective is to build a pipeline and enhance the capacity of women from the Global South to take on research leadership in environmental economics for poverty alleviation. Their secondary objective is creating capacity for cutting-edge gender research throughout the EfD research portfolio.