How do we practice equity, diversity and inclusion in sustainable energy research? Advice for modern researchers

Date

2023

Authors

Hoicka, Christina E.

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Energy Research & Social Science

Abstract

Climate change is one of society's biggest and most existential challenges in scale and scope. The energy sector is the largest contributor to climate disruption, and low-carbon energy solutions are needed for mitigation. However, the energy sector, and sustainable energy research, are not representative of society at large. Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) activities focus on the removal of barriers, representation and valuing the contributions of individuals of a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, abilities and identities. Within this context, do equity, diversity and inclusion matter in sustainable energy research, and if so, as scholars, how do we improve in these areas? In providing advice, mainly to early career researchers, but to the established researchers too, I offer advice on creating and finding the culture and governance of EDI as meaningful practice in three steps: 1) find your people; 2) find or create spaces; 3) lean out and start again.

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I would like to acknoweldge the authors of Lieu et al. for the use of Fig. 2.

Keywords

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Sustainable energy research

Citation

Hoicka, C. E. (2023). How do we practice equity, diversity and inclusion in sustainable energy research? Advice for modern researchers. Energy Research & Social Science, 97, 102964. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2023.102964.