by Charlotte Ray, karabi.dutta@gmail.com, rbellanca@gmail.com, luc.severi@gmail.com

Issue: 69

Journal section: Editorial
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Received: 2017-12-10

Accepted: 2017-12-10


Issue 64 of Boiling Point, published in 2014, was dedicated to the theme ‘Barriers to Cookstoves’. This theme was driven by an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Department for International Development (DfID) and Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) funded project led by the University of Nottingham, UK, investigating the ‘Barriers to the Introduction and Uptake of Improved Cookstoves (ICS) in East and Southern Africa. At the time, the issue received much attention from our readers highlighting that there is still a need to overcome many of the barriers to ICS despite interventions dating back to as early as the 1940s. As this project draws to a close, a major realisation has been that any future research would need to include ‘enablers’ from the offset rather than focussing only on the ‘barriers’. This is because ‘barriers’ derives (mainly) negative connotations and only really draws on problems associated with improved cookstove uptake (and development in general).


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