Researcher biography

Romy is a graduate from The University of Queensland with qualifications in international development studies and community development. She has previously worked and volunteered in a range of community organisations and projects, including a micro-enterprise program with a focus on women’s entrepreneurship and energy technologies in rural Guatemala. She has most recently worked in the field of relationships and sexuality education and prevention of violence against women in Australia, and continues to be active in this area.

Romy joined the UQ Energy & Poverty Research group in January 2016. Her research explores how women are collective organising to improve their energy systems in rural India, and the impacts for women’s empowerment. Romy is particularly interested in the gendered nature of energy poverty, and how changing social practices around energy systems and technologies can facilitate the transformation of gender relations. 

Supervisors: Professor Chris Greig and Dr Peter Westoby