Exploring Gender Perceptions of Nuclear Energy in India

IIMA Working Paper W. P. No. 2021-11-06

26 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2021

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Mini Govindan

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

M. P. Ram Mohan

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Date Written: November 23, 2021

Abstract

There are numerous studies that have examined the role of gender on differential perceptions on various aspects of energy, including those related to nuclear plants. Yet, few studies have explored the role of changing perceptions and the interaction of conditional factors in shaping the gendered effects, especially from a developing country. This enquiry is critical for the administrative state to understand targeted policy prescriptions. This paper examines the differences in perceptions and related reactions of both men and women living in the vicinity of Kakrapar Atomic Power Station in the Indian state of Gujarat. Although women’s disproportionate sensitivity to and lower tolerance of risks is embedded in the broad cultural milieu, the presence of the nuclear plant in their vicinity was not perceived as a larger risk than the possible flooding from the nearby dam or losing livelihood opportunities due to dwindling returns from agriculture. This study challenges the gendered binary thinking in nuclear energy domain in terms of engagement and administration of nuclear energy projects.

Keywords: nuclear energy, gender perceptions, risk assessment, Kakrapar Atomic Power Station, livelihood

Suggested Citation

Govindan, Mini and M. P., Ram Mohan, Exploring Gender Perceptions of Nuclear Energy in India (November 23, 2021). IIMA Working Paper W. P. No. 2021-11-06, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3969832 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3969832

Mini Govindan

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) ( email )

Darbari Seth Block, IHC Complex
Lodhi Road
New Delhi, 110 003
India

Ram Mohan M. P. (Contact Author)

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad ( email )

Vastrapur
Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380015
India

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