Marielle Feenstra

In 2002, I wrote the first-ever thesis on gender-aware energy policy with case studies from Uganda and South Africa as a University of Twente master student. In my PhD research, I will continue my academic work on gender-aware energy policy, focusing on criteria and enabling conditions of a gender-aware energy policy in a longitudinal study of Uganda and South Africa.

Besides my PhD, I work as Fundraiser and EU advisor for the municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. I manage several projects funded by the EU supporting local energy initiatives. I have fifteen years of experience in international project management in different roles both in the EU as in North America, while living in Quebec, Canada.

Recent publications:
“Mainstreaming gender in energy policy”, NORAD position paper, 2010
“How to engender energy policy”, Energia technical paper, 2006
“Gender and energy for sustainable development”, a UNDP toolkit, 2004
“Towards a gender-aware energy policy: a case study from South Africa and Uganda”, Masterthesis University Twente, Department of Public Policy, 2002
“Annotated bibliography Gender & Energy” Energia, 2001
”Implementation and rectification of CEDAW in East and South-East Asia”, UN Research paper, 2000


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University of Twente
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