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Energy, households, and regions: Feminist methodologies for transdisciplinary research

Chapter


Abstract


  • What can feminist epistemology and methodology offer the study of regional issues? To answer this question, this chapter draws on a domestic energy project with older low-income households in the Illawarra, a region of New South Wales, Australia. The energy field is characterised by an unusual degree of transdisciplinary research. It is therefore helpful to consider what methodologies may facilitate such research. Attentive to the feminist concepts of ‘situated knowledge’ and ‘positionality’, this chapter outlines three components of thinking a methodology through feminism: (1) beyond the science/social science divide; (2) everyday knowledge of domestic energy efficiency; and (3) experimental narrative approaches to investigating energy efficiency. The chapter opens up important dimensions that might help recognise and mitigate against the imbalances of power in relationships doing transdisciplinary research.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Waitt, G. (2019). Energy, households, and regions: Feminist methodologies for transdisciplinary research. In Located Research: Regional Places, Transitions and Challenges (pp. 335-350). doi:10.1007/978-981-32-9694-7_18

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9789813296930

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85085466440

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Located Research: Regional Places, Transitions and Challenges

Start Page


  • 335

End Page


  • 350

Abstract


  • What can feminist epistemology and methodology offer the study of regional issues? To answer this question, this chapter draws on a domestic energy project with older low-income households in the Illawarra, a region of New South Wales, Australia. The energy field is characterised by an unusual degree of transdisciplinary research. It is therefore helpful to consider what methodologies may facilitate such research. Attentive to the feminist concepts of ‘situated knowledge’ and ‘positionality’, this chapter outlines three components of thinking a methodology through feminism: (1) beyond the science/social science divide; (2) everyday knowledge of domestic energy efficiency; and (3) experimental narrative approaches to investigating energy efficiency. The chapter opens up important dimensions that might help recognise and mitigate against the imbalances of power in relationships doing transdisciplinary research.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Waitt, G. (2019). Energy, households, and regions: Feminist methodologies for transdisciplinary research. In Located Research: Regional Places, Transitions and Challenges (pp. 335-350). doi:10.1007/978-981-32-9694-7_18

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9789813296930

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85085466440

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Located Research: Regional Places, Transitions and Challenges

Start Page


  • 335

End Page


  • 350