1st Edition

Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals Infrastructure, Empowerment and Education

Edited By Astrid Skjerven, Maureen Fordham Copyright 2023
    208 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book sheds light on the important and mostly neglected role that gender plays in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, doing so by investigating three key problem areas: empowerment, education, and infrastructure.

    Starting with a theoretical and methodological framework, this edited collection contains 12 chapters from scholars and researchers from around the world. The book includes numerous case studies discussing the current status of gender equality relating to the SDGs. It reinforces the significance of gender for sustainable and just development, highlighting how women play a major role in work organization, disaster management, income, household maintenance, and mediation of knowledge. "Women" as a classification encompasses much diversity with many intersecting axes of difference; this book focuses on the excluded and disadvantaged majority social group, without imposing homogeneity on that categorization. Many chapters focus on critical situations occurring in the Global South, where these issues are highly prominent, and importantly, these contributions are written by local scholars. Finally, the volume provides pathways for basic and professional gender responsive education and innovation in the field.

    The book will generate important discussions in interdisciplinary research and higher education settings focusing on sustainable development, gender, equality, human rights, and education.

    1 Introduction

    Astrid Skjerven, Maureen Fordham, and Martina Maria Keitsch

    PART I Empowerment

    2 Engendering sustainability transitions by design: How to critically unpack gender in Transition Management

    Miriam Kienesberger and Marc Wolfram

    3 Gender within sustainable decisions: A 3-D sustainability perspective

    Volker Mauerhofer

    4 Gender mainstreaming in occupational health and safety: Challenges in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals

    Hiroaki Matsuura

    5 Gender inequity related to climate risks: Cultural vulnerabilities as obstacles to sustainability in rural communities of Mexico

    Cloe Mirenda and Elena Lazos-Chavero

    PART II Education

    6 Sustainable gender equality: Opening the black-box of quality assessment in higher arts education

    Lilli Mittner, Rikke Gürgens Gjærum, and Hilde Synnøve Blix

    7 Sensitizing Nepalese students for gender mainstreaming in sustainable planning and design

    Martina Maria Keitsch

    8 Communication design to foster gender equality: Research and experimentation in the educational field

    Valeria Bucchetti and Francesca Casnati

    9 Responsible tech-futures: Female artists as semantically sustainable tech developers

    Boel Christensen-Scheel, Kristin Bergaust, Venke Aure, and Idun Alman-Kaas

    PART III Infrastructure

    10 Changing traditions: The case of Amazonian riverine women and Belo Monte hydropower dam

    Satya Maia Patchineelam and Maartje van Eerd

    11 Reimagining the gender roles within Japan to achieve sustainable gender equality

    Sarah Parsons

    12 Gender and sustainability in Ovacık and Hozat cooperative activities, Tunceli Province, Turkey

    İlknur Öner


    Astrid Skjerven is Professor of Design Theory at the Department of Product Design, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.

    Maureen Fordham is Professor of Gender and Disaster Resilience and is the Director of the Centre for Gender and Disaster at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London, UK.