SOL Gender is a cross-divisional initiative with the aim to foster collaborative efforts on research and education related to gender and feminist research within the Department of Urban and Rural Development and the Swedish Biodiversity Centre (CBM).
SOL Gender is a cross-divisional initiative with the aim to foster collaborative efforts on research and education related to gender and feminist research within the Department of Urban and Rural Development and the Swedish Centre for Biodiversity (CBM).
Since gender and feminist research has grown significantly within SOL lately, we want to integrate these efforts further across divisions and develop ourselves academically by organizing various (informal) activities, enhancing the focus on gender and feminist lenses (e.g. ecofeminism, organizational gender theory, intersectionality) within our research and education. Therefore, we want to foster an interdisciplinary collaborative environment to discuss how to enhance the visibility of these gender and feminist lenses and learn from each other’s work.
We do so by:
- Organising (online) seminars, both as part of existing divisional seminar series and outside
- Planning for longer guest researcher visits, including a writing feedback session and panel discussions (planned for spring 2020)
- Compiling and sharing reading lists
- Sharing stories and experiences of colleagues within the Department and how they relate to gender and feminist themes in their research or education efforts
12 December 2019: Join the virtual lunch seminar on Ecological Masculinities and Climate Denialism by Martin Hultman, 12:00-13:00, Room Grimsö, Ulls Hus.
Meet your colleague #1 – interview with Klara Fischer (Associate Professor at the Rural Development Division)
How do you relate to gender and feminist concepts in your research?
I work a lot with concepts of power in my research, but I haven’t focused on gender specifically. A lot of feminist and gender research has very good theories and concepts for analysing power. So I read quite a lot of that literature. Earlier, when Tim Richardson (Professor Emeritus in Landscape Architecture) was here, he and I held a seminar series on power. I miss those discussions and I think I can have similar discussions in the Gender group. SOL has a good amount of gender researchers now to make it a vital theme.
How is power an essential research component?
I think power an essential focus in all development studies and research. My research for example concerns how discourses on sustainability, climate change and agricultural development are constructed and their material/local effects for people affected by e.g. intensified forestry, tree plantations to mitigate climate change or promotions of GM crops. Here power and inequality are essential issues to look at as I see it. So I constantly read on power and knowledge. I think by being part of the gender group is important for me for keeping that discussion going.
What kind of activities would you like to see the SOL Gender group doing?
I think apart from official seminars and researcher visits and so forth, it would already be great to just ensure a platform for an ongoing academic conversation about our own research. We could read each other’s manuscripts, or full-fletched papers, and discuss them. That would already be really helpful to have those smaller, informal activities and discussions going and continue, I think. Having this everyday talk about research at work is important, and not only save those moments for big conferences for example. It forces yourself to have time to read and have theoretical discussions instead of focusing on daily routines and to-do lists.
Selection of Gender & Feminist Research outputs
Andersson Djurfeldt, A., Djurfeldt, G. & Bergman Lodin, J. (2013). Geography of Gender Gaps: Regional Patterns of Income and Farm–Nonfarm Interaction Among Male- and Female-Headed Households in Eight African Countries. World Development Vol. 48, pp. 32–47.
Andersson, K., Bergman Lodin, J. & Chiwona-Karltun, L. (2016). Gender dynamics in cassava leaves value chains: The case of Tanzania. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security Vol. 1, Issue 2, pp. 84-109.
Ansell, N., Tsoeu, S., Hajdu, F. (2015). Women’s changing domestic responsibilities in neoliberal Africa: a relational time-space analysis of Lesotho’s garment industry. Gender, Place and Culture, 22 (3), pp. 363-382.
Arora-Jonsson, S., & Ågren, M. (2019). Bringing diversity to nature: Politicizing gender, race and class in environmental organizations? Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2(4), pp. 874–898.
Arora-Jonsson, S. & Basnet-Sijapati, B. (2018). Disciplining Gender in Environmental Organizations: Mainstreaming and Writing Differently for Sustainability. Gender, Work and Organization, 25 (3), pp. 309-325.
Arora-Jonsson, S. (2017). The realm of freedom in new rural governance: Micro-politics of democracy in Sweden. Geoforum, 79, pp. 58-69.
Arora-Jonsson, S. (2014). Forty years of gender research and environmental policy: where do we stand. Women’s Studies International Forum, 47, pp. 295-308.
Arora-Jonsson, S. (2017). Gender Research and Environmental Policy. In: MacGregor, S. (Ed.) Routledge International Handbook of Gender and Environment. London/New York: Routledge.
Arora-Jonsson, S. (2013). Gender, Development and Environmental Governance: Theorizing Connections. London/New York: Routledge.
Arora-Jonsson, S. (2009). Discordant Connections: Discourses on Gender and Grassroots Activism in Forest Communities in India and Sweden. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 35, no. 1 (Article awarded the Catherine Stimpson prize for outstanding feminist scholarship).
Arora-Jonsson, S. (2008). Shifting images of the community: Gender and the local management of forests. In: Asztalos, I. & Bock, B. (Eds.) Gender Regimes, citizen participation and rural restructuring, pp. 317-342. Oxford/Amsterdam/San Diego: Elsevier.
Asztalos Morell, I. (2018). The agency of Roma women’s NGO in marginalised rural municipalities in Hungary. In: Gradskova, Y. & Asztalos Morell, I. (Eds.) Gendering Postsocialism: Old Legacies and New Hierarchies. London: Routledge. Pp. 121-138.
Asztalos Morell, I. & Gradskova, Y. (2018). The Gendered subject of postsocialism: State socialist legacies, global challenges and (re)building of tradition. In: Gradskova, Y. & Asztalos Morell, I. (Eds.) Gendering Postsocialism: Old Legacies and New Hierarchies, Routledge, London, pp. 1-18.
Asztalos Morell, I. & Bock, B. (2008). Dynamics of change and reconstitution in hegemonic and rural gender regimes. In: Asztalos Morell, I. et. al. (Eds.) Gender regimes, citizen participation and rural restructuring, Elsevier.
Asztalos Morell, I. (2015). Voicing Roma women: Intersecting marginalities and social entrepreneurship of Roma women’s NGOs in Hungary. In: Gradskova, Y. & Sanders, S. (Eds.) Institutionalizing Gender Equality – a Critical Approach from a Global Perspective, London: Lexington Books, pp. 149-172.
Asztalos Morell, I. & Darvishpour, M. (2018). The securitization of Asylum Seeking in Sweden after 2015 in Light of Experiences of Asylum-Seeking Adolescent Girls with Roots in Afghanistan. In Siegel, D. & Nagy, V. (Eds.) The migration crises? Criminalization, security and survival. The Hagua: Eleven.
Asztalos Morell, I & Brandth, B. (2007). Family and Gender in the Transformation of the Countryside. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, pp. 371-377
Berglund, K., Ahl, H., Pettersson, K. & Tillmar, M. (2018). Women’s entrepreneurship, neoliberalism and economic justice in the postfeminist era: A discourse analysis of policy change in Sweden. Gender, Work and Organization, Vol. 25, pp. 531–556.
Bergman Lodin, J., Paulson, S. & Senoga Mugenyi, M. (2012). New seeds, gender norms and labor dynamics in Hoima District, Uganda. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 6:3, 405-422.
Chiwona-Karltun, L., Kimanzu, N., Clendenning, J., Lodin, J.B., Ellingson, C., Lidestav, G., Mkwambisi, D., Mwangi, E., Nhantumbo, I., Ochieng, C. & Petrokofsky, G. (2017). What is the evidence that gender affects access to and use of forest assets for food security? A systematic map protocol. Environmental Evidence, 6(1), p.2. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13750-016-0080-9
Clement, F., Buisson, M., Leder, S., Balasubramanya, S., Saikia, P., Bastakoti, R., Karki, E. & van Koppen, B. (2019). From women’s empowerment to food security: Revisiting global discourses through a cross-country analysis. Global Food Security, 23, pp. 160-172.
Fischer, H. & Ashwini, C. (2013). Environmental Citizenship, Gender, and the Emergence of a New Conservation Politics. Geoforum, 50, pp. 10-19.
Fischer, K., Giertta, F. & Hajdu, F. (2019). Carbon-binding biomass or a diversity of useful trees? (Counter)topographies of carbon forestry in Uganda. Environment and Planning E, 2 (1), pp. 178-199.
Gonda, N. (2019). Re-politicizing the gender and climate change debate: The potential of feminist political ecology to engage with power in action in adaptation policies and projects in Nicaragua. Geoforum, 106, pp. 87-96.
Gonda, N. (2017). Rural Masculinities in Tension: Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation in Nicaragua. RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society 2017, no. 4, pp. 69-76.
Gonda, N. (2017). Revealing the patriarchal sides of climate change adaptation through intersectionality: A case study from Nicaragua. In: Buckingham, S. & Le Masson, V. Understanding Climate Change Through Gender Relations. Oxon, UK and New York, USA: Routledge, pp. 173-189.
Gonda, N. (2016). Climate Change, Technology and Gender: Adapting Women to Climate Change with Cooking Stoves and Water Reservoirs. Gender, Technology and Development, 20 (2), pp. 149-168.
González-Hidalgo, M. & Zografos, C. (2019). Emotions, power, and environmental conflict: Expanding the ‘emotional turn’ in political ecology. Progress in Human Geography.
Grubbström A., Stenbacka S. & Joosse S. (2014). Balancing family traditions and business. Gendered strategies for achieving future resilience among agricultural students. Journal of Rural Studies, 35, pp. 152-161
Grubbström A. (2012). Gender contracts in Estonian coastal farming families, 1870-1939. The History of the Family, 17 (4), pp. 434-451.
Grubbström A. & Sooväli-Sepping H. (2012). Estonian family farms in transition: A study of intangible assets and gender issues in generational succession. Journal of Historical Geography, 38 (3), pp. 329-339.
Gullberg, V., Wlosinska, J., Malmberg, M., Nordéus, K. & Prytz, C. (2019). Feminiseringen av veterinäryrket. Svensk Veterinärtidning, 71 (9), pp. 24-29.
Holmgren, S. & Arora-Jonsson, S. (2015). The Forest Kingdom–with what values for the world? Climate change and gender equality in a contested forest policy context. Scandinavian Journal of Forestry Research, 30 (3), pp. 235-245.
Leder, S., Sugden, F., Raut, M., Ray, D. & Saikia, P.(2019). Ambivalences of Collective Farming: Feminist Political Ecologies from the Eastern Gangetic Plains. International Journal of the Commons, 13 (1), pp. 105-129.
Leder, S., Clement, F. & Karki E. (2017). Reframing women’s empowerment in water security programs in Western Nepal. Gender and Development, 25 (2), pp. 235-251.
Leder, S. & Sachs, C. (2019). Intersectionality on the Gender- Agriculture Nexus: Relational life histories and additive sex-disaggregated indices. In: Sachs, C. Gender, Agriculture and Agrarian Transformations. Changing relations in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Routledge Earthscan, pp. 75-92.
Mazé, R. & Wangel, J. (2016). Future (Im)Perfect: Exploring time, becoming and difference in design and futures studies. In: Schalk, M., Kristiansson, T. & Mazé, R. (Eds.) Feminist Futures: Pedagogies for a critical spatial practice practice. Spurbuchverlag.
Nightingale, A. J. (2019). Commoning for inclusion? Political communities, commons, exclusion, property and socio-natural becomings. International Journal of the Commons, Special issue on Feminist Political Ecology and the Commons, 13 (1), pp. 16-35.
Nightingale, A. J. (2017). Environment and Gender. In: Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M. F., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W. & Marston, R. A. (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Geography. New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons Ltd, pp. 1-13.
Nightingale, A. J. (2017). A Feminist in the Forest: Situated Knowledges and Mixing Methods in Natural Resource Management. In: Colfer, P. C. J., Elias, M., Sijapati Basnett, B. & Hummel, S. (Eds.) Earthscan Reader on Forests: Gender and Forests. New York: Routledge, pp. 109-122.
Nightingale, A. J. (2015). Challenging the Romance with Resilience. In: Harcourt, W. & Nelson, I. (Eds.) Practicing Feminist Political Ecologies: Moving Beyond the ‘Green Economy’, Zed Books, pp. 182-210.
Nightingale, A. J. & Rankin, K. (2014). Political Transformations: Collaborative feminist scholarship in Nepal. Himalaya (Special issue on the “Cultural Politics of Gendered Identity, Place and Positionality”), 34 (1), pp. 105-117.
Pettersson, K., Ahl, H., Berglund, K. & Tillmar, M. (2017). In the name of women? Feminist readings of policies for women’s entrepreneurship in Scandinavia. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 33, pp. 55-63.
Pettersson, K. & Heldt-Cassel, S. (2014). Women tourism entrepreneurs – Doing gender on farms in Sweden, special issue Power Shifts: Women as entrepreneurs, leaders and managers in the global context, Gender in Management: An International Journal, 29 (8), pp. 487-504.
Pettersson, K. (2013). Support for Women’s Entrepreneurship – A Nordic Spectrum. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 4 (1), pp. 4-19. Selected for”Highly Commended Award Winner” by Literati Network Awards 2013 (www.emeraldinsight.com/literati).
Pettersson, K. & Lindberg, M. (2013). Paradoxical spaces of feminist resistance - Mapping the margin to the masculinist innovation discourse. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Special issue Gender perspectives on innovation, 5 (3), pp. 323-341.
Pettersson, K. (2004). Masculine Entrepreneurship – The Gnosjö Discourse in a Feminist Perspective. In: Hjorth, D. & Steyaert, C. Narrative and Discursive Approaches in Entrepreneurship, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 177-193.
Powell, S. (2018). Gender Equality in Academia: Intentions and Consequences. The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, 18:1.
Powell, S. & Arora-Jonsson, S. (2018). The ethics of political correctness. In: Nakray, K., Alston, M. & Whittenbury, K. (Eds.) Social Science Research Ethics for a Globalizinf World: Inter-disciplinary and Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Routledge, pp. 112-139.
Powell, S., Ah-King, M. & Hussénius, A. (2017). ‘Are we to become a gender university?’ Facets of resistance to a gender equality project. Gender Work Organization, 2017, pp. 1–17.
Powell, S. & Ah-King, M. (2013). A case study of integrating gender perspectives in teaching and in subject content at a natural science university in Sweden. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 5 (1).
Stenbacka, S., Grubbström, A. & Forsberg, G. (2017). Gendered youth strategies for inclusion in a changing society: breaking or reproducing the local gender contract? Area, 50 (4), pp. 520-528.
Yigit-Turan, B. (forthcoming) Emancipatory Urban Design in the Context of Neoliberal Urbanism. In: Knierbein, S. & Viderman, T. (Eds.) Public Space Unbound. Urban emancipation and the post-political condition. New York: Routledge.
Westberg, L. & Powell, S. (2015). Participate for Women's Sake? A Gender Analysis of a Swedish Collaborative Environmental Management Project. Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, 28 (11), pp. 1233-1248.
Westholm, L. (2017). Conserving carbon and gender relations? Gender perspectives on REDD+ and global climate policy. Diss. Uppsala: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Westholm, L. (2016). Fruits from the forest and the fields: Forest conservation policies and intersecting social inequalities in Burkina Faso’s REDD+ program. International Forestry Review, 18 (4), pp. 511-521.
Westholm, L. & Arora-Jonsson, S. (2015). Defining solutions, finding problems: Gender, deforestation and REDD+ in Burkina Faso. Conservation and Society, 13(2), pp. 189-199.
Östholm, H. & Prytz, C. (2016). Less than Ideal? Making a Living Before and Outside Marriage. In: Ågren, M. (Ed.) Making a Living, Making a Difference : Gender and Work in Early European Society. Oxford University Press.