Gender and sustainability
Academic research tends to give insufficient attention to how gender differences and inequalities shape the processes and practices of everyday consumption.
Our researchers are working to develop novel approaches to understanding the relationships between consumption and production as gendered social spheres.
This working group was established to provide a space for researchers to explore common interests in feminist theoretical perspectives on sustainability and/or empirical questions of intersectionality, gender and socio-environmental change.
We aim to develop research collaborations that advance theoretical knowledge on gender and sustainability and investigate empirical questions about how enduring gender inequalities are connected to problems of unsustainability and how strategies for addressing these problems might work together.
- SCI Blog: Planet 50:50? Linking labour and environment this International Women’s Day by Sherilyn MacGregor (March 2016)
- Sherilyn MacGregor is editor of The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment (2017) a widely-celebrated collection of chapters by top academics in this interdisciplinary field.
- Sherilyn MacGregor is co-editor of Men and Nature: Hegemonic Masculinity and Environmental Change (Autumn 2017)
- Helen Holmes and Sarah Marie Hall are co-editors of a special issue of The Journal of Consumer Ethics on gender and ethical consumption (vol 1, issue 2, 2017)
- Sherilyn MacGregor and Lesley Head discuss ‘environmental justice, materiality and gender’ in a Keynote Conversation at the Environmental Justice: Looking Back, Looking Forward conference, Sydney Environment Institute, November 2017.
- Discover Society Blog On the slow pace of cultural change and prospects for the improvement of men by Alan Warde, Jennifer Whillans and Jessica Paddock
- Blog: Environmental feminists taking up space at Conference of Parties (COP) by Joanna Wilson (January 2018)
- Interdisciplinary SCI workshop: 'Household sustainability and social inequalities' convened by Catherine Walker, Tally Katz-Gerro and Sherilyn MacGregor, March 2018
Working group leader
Our four research themes explore how we can achieve less resource-intensive ways of life.
We have an ambitious research programme for addressing key issues in sustainability.