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Victoria Anne Plutshack

Independent Scholar

Based in

United Kingdom

Victoria Plutshack is a social scientist whose research uses historical analysis and interviews with business leaders, policymakers and civil society groups as a lens through which to explore technology transitions. In her recent role as Senior Policy Associate at the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke University her work focused on policy questions around the scale up of off-grid energy solutions, climate finance, and how gender plays a role in technology change. She also conducts historical research into women’s roles in promoting the adoption of electricity in the U.S. and U.K. in the mid-20th century.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Chile India Sierra Leone

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics History Renewable energy

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Das, Ipsita, et al. “Frameworks, methods and evidence connecting modern domestic energy services and gender empowerment.” Nature Energy 8.5 (2023): 435-449.

Plutshack, Victoria, et al. “A Research Agenda for Low Carbon Transition and Gender Equity in the Global South – Gender Equality and Women’s Economic empowerment.” EfD Initiative. 2023.

Phillips, Jonathan, et al. “A Research Agenda for Low Carbon Transition and Gender Equity in the Global South – Mobilizing New Climate Investment Models.” EfD Initiative. 2023.

Phillips, Jonathan, et al. “Climate Finance for Just Transitions: Building Low-Carbon Development Pathways in an age of US-China Rivalry.” Nicholas Institute PB 22-18. Durham, NC: Duke University. (2022).

DeStephano, Paelina, et al. “Market-based approaches, civil society and the role of the state in Chile’s coal phase-out.” The Political Economy of Coal: Obstacles to Clean Energy Transitions (2022).

Plutshack, Victoria, Ashton Merck, and Jonathon Free. ““Women work particularly well in community organizations”: Cultivating Community and Consumerism in the Comanche County REA Women’s Club, 1939-1940.” (2022).

Plutshack, Victoria, et al. “New and renewable energy social enterprises accessing government support: Findings from India.” Energy Policy 132 (2019): 367-378.