International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Chief Instructor

Sam Ratick, Ph.D.




Energy poverty is limited to no access to affordable, reliable, and efficient form of energy. Currently, there are 1.3 billion people living in energy poverty, being deprived of their basic need. Providing access to a billion people has become a global goal and movement for energy justice. With IPCC warning about global fossil fuel consumption, energy development has moved towards renewable options. Renewable energy provides those previously without access an ability to meet rudimentary needs. It can uplift communities and families from extreme poverty by easing their labor and extending the time they have to work after dark. Renewable energy can empower women by providing them a chance to work and trade. It powers electricity that provides children opportunities to study at night. Renewable energy powers a movement of development when the source is installed in needed locations and with governmental support.



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