The Gender of Climate Change and Energy in Turkey

Authors: Eda Acara*, Bakircay University, Izmir, Turkey
Topics: Gender, Urban Geography, Environment
Keywords: climate change, Turkey, gender, energy, housing
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 2:35 PM / 4:15 PM
Room: Washington 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Gender in the context of climate change is usually seen as a minority issue. There is almost non-existent literature on a feminist analysis of climate change in Turkey. Moreover, gender analysis of climate change is often understood with a perspective of add women and stir. This paper firstly analyzes the neoliberal and neo-conservative instrumentalization of gender within the context of the climate change investment markets of Turkey. As a developing country receiving large portions of funding for climate mitigation and adaptation, Turkey’s conservative private-public partnership programmes in the area of energy efficiency, targeting the ‘family’ will be examined, as a neoliberal technology to instrumentalize gender for creating more lucrative housing economies. In this context, I first concentrate on a specific public-private programme, called the Enerji Hanım (Energy Lady) while situating it in a wider global context of other energy-efficiency and gender-related programmes in the developing world. And, secondly, I question whether such programmes are further significant in expanding the financialization of climate investment and consumption markets across wider segments of society by the help of the gender, as the main instrument.

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