1st Edition

Gender, Environment and Sustainable Development Challenges and Responses from India

Edited By Shweta Prasad Copyright 2024
    276 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    276 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book studies environment and sustainable development from the perspective of gender. It focuses on three major themes, including sustainability of development practices, policy perspectives on environmental management and climate change and its gendered impact. It includes contributions from academicians working across disciplines and practitioners working at the grassroots levels. The book addresses issues facing India amid a growing global environmental crisis and suggests policy measures for environmental protection and to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants.

    Lucid and topical, the volume will be an indispensable resource for students, researchers of gender, environment and sustainable development, sociology and public policy. It will also be a great resource for advocacy groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and policymakers working in the area.


    Shweta Prasad


    Part I

    Macro Scenario and Environmental Discourses with Gender Lens


    1.  Vulnerability, Gender and Environmental Stress: Value Contestations in Sustainable Development Discourse

        Janki Andharia and Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind


    2.  Need to Steer Development Patterns through Women’s Knowledge Systems

        Vijaylakshmi Brara


    3.  Women, Environment and their Role in Environmental Movements in India

        Jyoti Prasad Saikia and Suravi Pathak


    4.  Feminist Pathways to Sustainable Development

              Premula Raman


    Part II

    Profile of Different Regions with regards to Environmental & Developmental Challenges and Responses


    5.      Interrogating Relocation of Forest Dependent Communities from a Gender Lens: Perceptions from the Kali Tiger Reserve in Karnataka

                 R. Indira and Shanthi G.


    1. Managing Water, Sacrificing Lives: The Lives of Women in Water Scarcity Areas (A Case of Life in the Rural Bundelkhand Region in India)

                 Sushil Kumar and Deep Shikha


    1. Reparation or Negotiation: Rural Women's Struggle for Selfhood & Livelihood in West Bengal

          Nibedita Bayen and Shilajit Sengupta


    8.      Gender Responsive Infrastructure

                 Sunayana J. Kadle


    1. Contribution of Field Action Projects (FAPs) to Sustainable Development

                 Geeta Balakrishnan


    1. Floods in Assam: Exploring the Gender Quotient

                  Nasmeem Akhtar


    1. Access to Water, Women’s Work and the Sustainable Development Goals in East Delhi: An Ecofeminist Approach

                Sheela Suryanarayanan, Rajib Nandi and Shrishti Sharma


    Part III

    Strategies for Environmental Safety and Sustainable Development



    1. Clean Energy Technology and Gender and Empowerment in Rural Odisha

                 Sunita Dhal, Linda Lane and Nilima Srivastava


    1. “Right Livelihood”- Where Sustainable Environment Matters: A Case of Sustainable Entrepreneurship by Rural Women from India

                 Sangeeta Desai and Ashish Desai


    1. Climate Change and the Female Sex: An Intangible Connection

                  Biswarupa Ghosh


    1. From Marginal Land Holdings to New Farm Laws: Vulnerability, Visibility and Sustainability of Women Farmers in India

                 Khevana Desai


    1. Role of Women in Sustainable Environmental Practices: With Special Reference to Dindigul District

                 K. Velumani


    1. Pushed Further to Margins: Women Amid Climate Change

                 Simi Mehta



    Shweta Prasad is a professor of Sociology and Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Banaras Hindu University, India. Over two decades of teaching, research, consulting and outreach experience have given her an incisive and penetrating intellectual ability for in-depth analysis of critical components of any phenomenon.