Gender Norms and their relation to Climate Policies and Institutions

Date/Time: Mon 12 Feb / 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Menzies Building 11 Room N402

School of Social Sciences


Gender Norms and their relation to Climate Policies and Institutions

The focus of the talk is on methodological issues, on the question of how we can study gender norms. In previous work, I have engaged with the literature on climate governance being interested in how climate governance is gendered. Some of that literature suggests that gender friendly policies and institutions also can become more sustainable and climate friendly, a potential certainly worthy of further exploration. However, the research is not conclusive and much of it uses gender rather uncritically, often just to mean (vulnerable) women. Feminist institutional theory argues that what shapes governance are gendered norms that are embedded in institutions and effect policies, but how can we study gender norms in climate institutions in a way that moves beyond the binary distinction of men and women? How do we move research from the counting of bodies and representation of women in climate governance to look at how gender norms i.e. masculinities and femininities inform policy making and policy. I will illustrate my points reflecting on previous and ongoing research, with examples from a current project on sustainable transport planning in the municipalities in Sweden.

Annica Kronsell, Professor of Political Science at Lund University and Chair of Environmental Social Science at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, is interested in how public institutions can govern climate and sustainability issues. She is part of several multidisciplinary consortia and projects that study different dimensions of climate governance in the Scandinavian context and published articles and books on the green state and environmental governance and on municipalities in experimental governance. She also uses feminist theorizing to study power relations in governance with publications that aim to understand how gender and intersectionality is implicated in climate governance.

Monday 12 feb

11:00am – 12:30pm

Monash University
Room N402,
(Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk,
Clayton Campus

For further information, please contact  Lesley Pruitt on 99050021

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