Cookstove implementation and education for sustainable development: A review of the field and proposed research agenda

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This review offers a state of the field examination of cookstove implementation efforts with a focus on stakeholder engagement and persistently low rates of adoption. Literature from related fields, such as sanitation and public health, indicate that perspectives in sustainable energy are narrow, and point to a new approach for sustainable energy and development engagement, one that does not solely rely on overcoming habitualized behaviors of adult women. Should stakeholder perspectives be expanded, and coupled with partnerships that include local, youth-oriented educational institutions, better uptake of efficient cooking technologies may be realized. This paper argues that youth, current and future users of cookstoves, are systematically overlooked at all points along the cookstove value chain, and that their continued exclusion from implementation efforts is to the detriment of cookstove research and practice. This paper calls for their purposeful inclusion in development efforts through collaborations with Education for Sustainable Development providers whose work is complementary to the cookstove and sustainable development communities’ aims and aspirations. This represents a new line of research in sustainable household energy, one that includes a diversity of perspectives and the inclusion of all stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111184
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • Behavior change
  • Cookstoves
  • Education
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Energy
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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