Environmental Disasters Gendered Impacts & Responses Bibliography with Abstracts


This bibliography was created as part of the Consortium's Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace and Planet (FRSPP) project. It includes resources on gendered impacts of and responses to environmental disasters, as well as gendered approaches to disaster risk reduction (DRR). This bibliography is a collection of academic and non-academic sources that explore the gendered nature of environmental disasters—mostly, but not exclusively, in war-affected settings. Insofar as possible, entries include citations, published abstracts, and quotations of key sentences (indicated in quotation marks, and followed by page number). Books are briefly summarized, with the table of contents included.

The existing literature includes resources on gendered impacts of and responses to environmental disasters, as well as gendered approaches to disaster risk reduction (DRR).

  • Much of the literature analyzes environmental disasters’ gender-differentiated impacts. Here, the academic sources often explore case studies that have shown that women and girls face different, and added, consequences of disasters than men and boys do.
  • The second focus of the literature is on responses to environmental disasters, and it explores how the local, regional, national and international response to environmental disasters tends to be highly gendered, often with negative consequences for women and girls.
  • Third, some of the literature also explores the concept of “Disaster Risk Reduction” (DRR), which addresses projects or potential plans for decreasing the negative effects of environmental disasters on the population and/or for preventing environmental disasters from occurring as frequently.

This bibliography was created by the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, as part of our Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace and Planet (FRSPP) project. The FRSPP starts with the perception that postwar transitions and the sustainability of peace itself are often undermined by transnational political economic actors and processes. Its goal is to provide: forward-looking expert knowledge of those processes; analyses of their impacts on gender relations and other structural inequalities underlying armed conflicts; and recommendations for how to engage and modify those processes to be more supportive of the societal transformations critical to building gender-equitable, sustainable peace. Topics addressed in the FRSPP include, inter alia: the economic recovery policy prescriptions of international financial institutions; extractives; land rights, large scale land acquisition and land grabbing; infrastructure reconstruction; and climate disruption.

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