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Unveiling the layers: Analysing intersectionality in energy poverty policymaking in Germany

Mayer, Sofie (2023) Unveiling the layers: Analysing intersectionality in energy poverty policymaking in Germany.

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Abstract:Ongoing political changes and the climate crisis are drawing more and, above all, new socio-economic issues which need to be tackled by countries and societies all over the world. One issue which is currently striking, especially since the war in Ukraine, is the increasing danger of energy poverty. The following thesis examines the issue in Germany by questioning who is most likely to suffer from energy poverty and why it is important to approach this issue from an intersectional perspective. To answer this question the theory of intersectionality will be explained, and a quali-tative content analysis will be carried out. The analysis examines three studies published on energy poverty in Germany, to assess the connection between multiple discrimination and the risk of en-ergy poverty. Furthermore, a second qualitative content analysis will be carried out to examine the recent policymaking of the German government regarding energy poverty and whether an inter-sectional approach was pursued. Seeing that the climate crisis is the biggest crisis humanity has had to face in recent history it is necessary to question how this crisis can be overcome in favour of all people and not just people who benefit from inherent privileges and power.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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