Joy Clancy is the Emeritus Professor of Energy and Gender.  Since joining the UT, her research has examined the influence of socio-economic, environmental, cultural and institutional factors on the transfer of energy technology to a particular society, with its North-South dimensions and the consequences of this process for societal actors. Biofuels and bioenergy have been particular areas of focus. Specific attention is given to gender issues, including the processes which govern whether women and men are included or excluded from access to and delivering energy services in the context of the Global South. More recently she has focused on energy poverty and gender in the European Union. Joy has a physical science background (PhD in Engineering from Reading University, UK, and BSc in Chemistry from QMC, University of London) which helps provide insights into the technical challenges faced in the energy transition, while her social science interests are able to places these challenges in context.

Currently, Joy is the joint lead for one of the three Subtasks (Understanding systematic inertias causing gender blind decision-making in energy policy) which form a research programme under the IEA UsersTCP (User-Centred Energy Systems). Linked to this programme, Joy was an expert advisor to  a research programme (Gender, Race & Social Inclusion – Net Zero Transitions) led by the Carbon Trust for the UK Ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  She is currently a member of the Just Transitions Task Force: Powering Past Coal Alliance, the EU-level Task Force ‘Fair Energy Transition for All’ coordinated by the European Policy Centre and the Netherlands Energy Compact which aims to accelerate SDG7 action in low and middle income countries.

Joy has considerable experience in research and advisory work including: Principal Investigator to ENERGIA’s five year £4.5 million research project Gender and Energy Research Programme (funded by UK DfID):  Building the Evidence Base for Improving Energy Investments Effectiveness by Taking a Gendered Approach ( Technical advisor on gender and energy to the World Bank AFREA Programme (2009 to 2013). Senior consultant to ENERGIA team advising Norad on integration of gender and equality in their clean energy and petroleum development cooperation; member knowledge panel of on sustainability, climate and energy; appeared as expert witness before the Development Committee of the Bundestag (26 October 2011); technical advisor Minister for Development Cooperation (DGIS), Netherlands Government for Impact Evaluation of Energy for Development Programmes supported by the Netherlands Government. Senior consultant to AFREA Gender and Energy Program Gender mainstreaming, ESMAP, The World Bank; member knowledge panel of Minister for Development Cooperation, Netherlands Government on sustainability, climate and energy (2009-11) ;  Lead researcher Gender mainstreaming in the rural electrification sector Bangladesh. (Netherlands Embassy, 2003-4); ENPOGEN Project, ASTAE, The World Bank. Member of Quality Assurance Group (2001-2); Tanzania (1998) Gender and energy expert attached to mission using participatory rural appraisal methodologies to identify options for SIDA Support to Improvement of the Rural Energy Situation in Tanzania. (1997) Team leader Identification Mission, on behalf of Ministry of Energy, Tanzania and UNDP, for the development of an SPPD on Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation in Tanzania. Zimbabwe (1996), Pre-feasibility study of briquetting sawdust residue, ITDG-Zimbabwe.  Mozambique and Tanzania (1991) Resource Person attached to Formulation Mission on behalf of TAU-SADC & The Netherlands Government: Training needs in the SADC region for Energy Planning and the Environment.  Tanzania, Swaziland, Botswana and Zimbabwe (1990) Member Identification Mission on behalf of TAU-SADC & The Netherlands Government: Training needs in the SADC region for Energy Planning and the Environment;  member Institute of Energy International Committee (1988 - 89);  member the Advisory Council on Energy Conservation to the Secretary of State for Energy, HMG of the United Kingdom (Oct 1974 - Sept 1977).


  • Social Sciences

    • Gender
    • Policy
    • Women
    • Economic and Social Development
    • Approach
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance

    • Poverty
    • Energy Sector
    • Benefits


My research provides an analysis of the dichotomy between policy and implementation to provide insights and a better understanding of implementation factors and the processes linking policy, in particular social goals, to outcomes in the energy sector. I use the biofuels value chain as a framework for analysis extending this to include a vertical analysis of users and smallholder producers embedded in a context specific network of social relations. Specific attention is given to gender issues, including the processes which govern whether women and men are included or excluded from access to and delivering energy services. I am using the approach of feminist political ecology which provides insights in human-environmental interactions as well as a global production networks framework to structure the analysis. I have been working on the conceptualisation of energy poverty (a phenomenon not confined to developing countries) and energy security at the micro-level (household/community level).


Strategic Reflexivity in Linking Gender Equality with Sustainable Energy: An Engineer in the Gender ProfessionIn Negotiating Gender Expertise in Environment and Development: Voices from Feminist Political Ecology (pp. 27-41). Routledge. Clancy, J. S. COVID-19 pandemic: local to global implications as perceived by urban ecologistsSocio-Ecological Practice Research, 2(3), 217-228. Douglas, I., Champion, M., Clancy, J., Haley, D., de Souza, M. L., Morrison, K., Scott, A., Scott, R., Stark, M., Tippett, J., Tryjanowski, P. & Webb, T. audits: An approach to engendering energy policy in Nepal, Kenya and SenegalEnergy research & social science, 62, Article 101378. Clancy, J. S. & Mohlakoana, N., Firewood and Health: The Potential of Ethnography to Inform Policy and PracticeIn Engendering the Energy Transition (pp. 33-57). Springer. Matinga, M. & Clancy, J. S.

Research profiles

Joy Clancy contributes to the  Masters in Environmental and Energy Management (MEEM) and Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET). She also supervises students for the  bachelor and master programmes of Public Administration, European Studies, and (International) Business Administration. She joined the UT to run two international professional courses in energy: Energy Management in Small and Medium Sized Companies (EMSI) and Formulating Project Proposals for Low Carbon Climate Resilient Development (ICREP). She has been involved in supporting student study tours.

Affiliated study programs

Courses academic year 2023/2024

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Courses academic year 2022/2023

Finished projects

Gender Perspective On Access To Energy in the EU

This project was commissioned research for the European Parliament FEMM committee with two objectives. First to explore the existing situation within the EU with respect to the way energy poverty is experienced by women and men. Secondly, the research, based on the findings, provides concrete recommendations forthe EP FEMM Committee to address any identified shortcomings at the EU level related to addressing engendered energy poverty.

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