Gender imbalance in energy research can improve from power shift


A recent study has highlighted gender imbalance within the energy field in the UK and how researchers are working hard to channelise female talent in the energy system.

The study has been conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Exeter’s Energy Policy Group, who analysed the gender imbalance and spoke to several female researchers about their experiences of academic life.

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The research report comes just after the UK parliament declares a climate emergency while the government commits to legislating for a 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target.

The study has unveiled that women are still significantly under-represented in the energy research field and application rates from women are low.

The report also highlighted the ‘significant drop-off’ between the number of female Ph.D. students and funded researchers — meaning that the sector losses some of the efficient talents at an early age.

The research brings forward four important ways in which universities can work together to improve gender imbalance.

Jess Britton, one of the researchers, said: “Progress on gender balance in research has been too slow for too long, but we think now is the time to bring together action across funders and universities to ensure that female talent is capitalising on.”