Research Project

Energy transition, health and gender: Mapping the legal framework and potential policy solutions

Principal Investigator

GI-ESCR uses human rights law to end social and economic injustice. Together with partners around the world, GI-ESCR seeks to achieve a world in which every person and community lives in dignity and in harmony with nature.

As the climate emergency escalates it is now imperative to transition to clean, renewable energy. However, shifting from fossil fuels to low-carbon renewable technologies will not automatically produce more equitable outcomes. Lack of or restricted access to energy may undermine the quality and availability of public services on health, education, water, and sanitation used by marginalised young girls and women. Without sustainable and safe power systems, some regions are unable to provide the infrastructure necessary to provide services essential for the realisation of economic and social rights. These key human rights issues are often overlooked in energy transition processes that disregard gender inequality implications. The Essex Human Rights Clinic will review and map relevant human rights norms and standards, as well as relevant literature to understand how a feminist energy transition, including for the realisation of the right to health, would look like in practice.

Applications are now open. Find out how to apply.

Project description

How to apply

If you want to join the module-based projects of the Human Rights Centre Clinic in 2023-24, please submit your application by Monday 9 October at 9am to Please send your application documents in a single PDF file with the file name [SURNAME]_[First name]_HRCC application.

The application should include two elements:

  1. your CV (two pages maximum)
  2. a 400-word statement explaining why you want to join the Clinic and what you expect to learn from it. The statement should include your preferred three module-based projects in order of preference. We will do our best to accommodate your choices

Interviews will take place via Zoom during the afternoons of 10th and 11th October 2023. You will be allocated a time slot for a short conversation with the HRC Clinic Director and the Deputy Director. We will communicate the decision on 13 October 2023.


  • if you are taking part in any of the five module-based projects, you will also need to enrol in HU902 (Spring Term and two sessions in Autumn Term)
  • the process described above applies to module-based projects only, not to the stand-alone project on arbitrary detention, which follows its own application process and does not require you to register for HU902
  • you are free to apply to module-based projects and to the stand-alone project at the same time, but note that the module-based projects will require approximately 8-10 hours of your time per week from late October to the end of June on top of the coursework for all other modules. We recommend you do not overstretch your commitments.