1st Edition

Understanding Climate Change through Gender Relations

Edited By Susan Buckingham, Virginie Le Masson Copyright 2017
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explains how gender, as a power relationship, influences climate change related strategies, and explores the additional pressures that climate change brings to uneven gender relations. It considers the ways in which men and women experience the impacts of these in different economic contexts. The chapters dismantle gender inequality and injustice through a critical appraisal of vulnerability and relative privilege within genders. Part I addresses conceptual frameworks and international themes concerning climate change and gender, and explores emerging ideas concerning the reification of gender relations in climate change policy. Part II offers a wide range of case studies from the Global North and the Global South to illustrate and explain the limitations to gender-blind climate change strategies.

    This book will be of interest to students, scholars, practitioners and policymakers interested in climate change, environmental science, geography, politics and gender studies.

    1. Introduction

    Susan Buckingham and Virginie Le Masson

    Part 1: Structures

    2. Moving beyond impacts: more answers to the ‘gender and climate change’ question

    Sherilyn MacGregor

    3. Integrating gender issues into the global climate change regime

    Karen Morrow

    4. Gender justice and climate justice: building women’s economic and political agency through global partnerships

    Patricia E. Perkins

    5. Gender and urban climate change policy: tackling crosscutting issues towards equitable, sustainable cities

    Gotelind Alber, Kate Cahood and Ulrike Rohr

    6. Natures of masculinities: conceptualising industrial, ecomodern and ecological masculinities

    Martin Hultman

    7. The contribution of feminist perspectives to climate governance

    Annica Kronsell

    Part 2: Case studies

    8. Gender, climate change and energy access in developing countries: state of the art

    Javier Mazorra, Julio Lumbreras, Luz Fernàndez and Candela de la Sota

    9. Everyday life in rural Bangladesh: understanding gender relations in the context of climate change

    Alex Haynes

    10. Investigating the gender inequality and climate change nexus in China

    Angela Moriggi

    11. Revealing the patriarchal sides of climate change adaptation through intersectionality: a case study from Nicaragua

    Noémi Gonda

    12 Safeguarding gender in REDD+: refl ecting on Mexico’s institutional (in)capacities

    Beth A. Bee

    13 ‘Women and men are equal so there is no need to develop different projects’: assuming gender equality in development and climate-related projects

    Virginie Le Masson

    14. Co- housing: a double shift in roles?

    Lidewij Tummers

    15. Integrating gender and planning towards climate change response: theorising from the Swedish case

    Christian Dymén and Richard Langlais

    16. A gender- sensitive analysis of spatial planning instruments related to the management of natural hazards in Austria

    Britta Fuchs, Doris Damyanovic, Karin Weber and Florian Reinwald


    Susan Buckingham works as an independent researcher, writer and consultant on gender-environment issues. She has recently published a four-volume anthology on gender and environment and has edited five other books on environmental issues. She is currently working on the second edition of Gender and Environment (2000), which has been a key text in this area in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. She is currently the gender consultant to the EU research programme ‘URBAN-WASTE'. Susan is also a yoga practitioner and teacher and writes on yoga in research.

    Virginie Le Masson is a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK. Her research interests combine social inclusion, disaster risk reduction and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Her research also looks at the sustainable development of mountain communities. Before joining ODI, Virginie worked with the French Red Cross disaster risk management programme in the Indian Ocean, and with a study abroad programme on climate change and the politics of food, water and energy.

    " Understanding Climate Change Through Gender Relations provides enlightening and accessible perspectives about the necessity of addressing gender relations within the context of climate change. Not explicitly a work of ecofeminism, the content and arguments will be of no surprise to those familiar with ecofeminism, as both the theoretical essays and case studies are broadly informed by ecofeminist principles of care, equity, intersectionality, and justice for both the planet and humanity equally. Understanding Climate Change Through Gender Relations thoroughly indicates the necessity of engagement with feminist environmental thought both theoretically and pragmatically if we are to save humanity and the planet." - Sarah O'Brien, Drew Theological School, Madison, USA

    "The intersectional and post-colonial-feminist anthology Understanding Climate Change through Gender Relations represents a refreshing and militant commitment to the realization of the humane side of climate change. Overall, the anthology provides a compelling variety of theoretical and empirical contributions and is enlightening beyond the boundaries of climate change research. The gender perspective and an intersectional, post-colonial-feminist claim are confidently maintained in all texts and in this way illuminate the humane dimension of changes in the climate in terms of dominance and power." - Sahra Dornick, Research Associate at the Center for Interdisciplinary Women and Gender Studies (ZIFG), Berlin