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Socio-cultural dimensions in household cooking energy choice: Implications for energy transition in Catembe, Mozambique
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the theoretical dimension of fuel transition in developing countries; and assesses the role of socio-cultural factors as determinants of fuel choice at household level. Past research has focused on income as a determining factor for fuel transition, as depicted by the energy ladder model, and the more development oriented energy leapfrogging model. This thesis challenges this notion by providing empirical evidence from Catembe, Mozambique; suggesting that socio-cultural factors are just as important determinants for household energy transition. By applying psycho-anthropologic research techniques, a series of qualitative and quantitative results from 402 households in Catembe, provide a framework for understanding the core factors responsible for household cooking energy choice. It was determined that factors such as taste preferences, cooking practices, local cuisine, kitchen type, gender relations and fuel preferences are culturally determined, and significantly influence on the adoption of modern cooking technologies. To demonstrate the importance for considering such factors, the introduction of an ethanol cook-stove is simulated and evaluated in terms of its applicability to user needs and preferences in Catembe. Results show that despite meeting developmental objectives, the stove falls short in conforming to the culinary traditional of intended beneficiaries.

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Energy ladder, Energy leapfrogging, Energy transition, Household energy, Mozambique, Socio-cultural factors, Technology transfer, Traditional biomass fuels
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-39991OAI: diva2:322269
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2010-06-30 Created: 2010-06-04 Last updated: 2010-06-30Bibliographically approved

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