Feminist Political Ecology Selected Resources

The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights created this bibliography to provide a guide to the academic literature using the theoretical framework of Feminist Political Ecology (FPE).
FPE is devoted to “understanding and addressing the dynamics of gender in relation to the natural environment and in the context of natural resource-based livelihoods” (Elmhirst 2015). It explores the “gender dimensions of key questions around the politics of environmental degradation and conservation, the neoliberalization of nature and ongoing rounds of accumulation, enclosure and dispossession associated with each of these” (Elmhirst 2015). As such, it is an approach to the natural environment that is centrally concerned with power relations, including, especially, gendered power relations.
This bibliography has three sections. The first contains the literature that introduces the FPE approach, defines it, and explores what the framework has to offer. The second contains the studies that have deployed an FPE approach in order to study a particular place, resource or dynamic. These case studies range from women’s participation in Malawi’s water governance, to women’s experiences of small-scale solar energy projects in the USA and Mexico, to the relationship between women’s roles and attitudes towards tigers and their reintroduction in Rajasthan, India, and cover many more diverse places and practices as well. The third section contains a sample of the literature that does not explicitly define itself as FPE, but which is similarly concerned with the gender dimensions of questions about the politics of humanity’s relationship with nature. This literature in this third section explores one of the aspects of an FPE approach not always privileged in the case studies: a concern with how economies and societies might be “structured differently to prioritize equity, ecological and political sustainability, and interspecies or ecosystemic well-being” (Perkins 2021). This third section can thus be thought of as more focused on solutions, what could be, in contrast to the second section’s focus on offering fine-grained analyses of the gendered dimensions of the problem, the what is.
The Consortium has created a series of bibliographic resources devoted to feminist approaches climate and environment issues. In addition to this one, others include “The Climate Crisis: Gendered Impacts, Women’s Agency, and Feminist Analyses,” “Feminist Engagements with Green New Deals,” “Food Security, Gender and the Climate Crisis,” “Masculinities, the Environment, and Technological ‘Solutions’ to the Climate Crisis,” Migration, Gender and the Climate Crisis,” “Ecofeminism” and “Environmental Disasters: Gendered Impacts and Responses.” There is some overlap between this bibliography, especially the third section, and some of the others listed here, given the shared concerns many of these fields have with how societies and economies could be organized differently in order to address ecological crises.
Consortium interns Josie Abugov, Lauren Nishimuta and Isabelle Scarborough undertook the principal research for this bibliography, with additional contributions from Consortium staff members. Entries include citations and, insofar as possible, abstracts or summaries. If you are familiar with resources that you think should be included in the next draft of this bibliography and/or in the Consortium’s Research Hub, please send us the citation, and, if possible, the PDF. Resources can be submitted through our website at: http://genderandsecurity.org/projects-resources/bibliographic-resources.
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 focuses on the transnational economic actors and processes that tend to deepen the inequalities that underlie armed conflicts and to undermine the prospects for peace that is both politically and environmentally sustainable. 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; extractive industries and natural resource policy; land rights, large scale land acquisition and land grabbing; infrastructure reconstruction; and climate disruption.
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