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Gender and Climate Change: Toward Socially Just and Gender-Sensitive Climate Change Governance

maandag 26 september 2022Plaats in mijn agenda
16:00 tot
EOS 01.320
Gender Hotspot (Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen)
Prof. dr. Annica Kronsell (University of Gothenburg)

Climate change is recognized as one of the most urgent threats to human survival and to global security. While a crises discourse may encourage action, it risks overlooking that all individuals are neither equally effected, nor accountable or implicated in the politics of climate change. With the help of critical feminist theory prof.dr. Annica Kronsell will outline how climate relevant social factors such as gender, location, class and age are relevant for climate governance.She will zoom in on the political and administrative institutions with the responsibility for climate action. She will use feminist institutional theory, and add lessons from research on Sweden.

Like Sweden, industrialised states in the Global North have a particular responsibility to reduce their carbon emissions but also have the resources and the institutional capacity to become green equal welfare states. However, path-dependencies relating to ecological modernization and the dominance of technical masculinities construct differential subjectivities and agency in contemporary climate governance. This has material consequences – e.g. who is affected, who is assigned responsibility – as well as immaterial – e.g. how is vulnerability and agency understood in climate governance. While there is an increasing awareness of these effects on a general level in climate governance, implementation in practical policymaking is lacking. Further steps towards an intersectional awareness are needed for inclusive and equal climate policies and the talk will end with some suggestions.

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