Gender and Environment

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC24 Environment and Society (host committee)

Language: English

This session invites both theoretical and empirical works on the process of gender-environment nexus.
Gender is deeply connected in the ways humans relate to the natural environment. The access to and ownership of natural resources and resulting conflict are affected by gender just like they are affected by social class, race, and ethnicity. Gender also mediates and moderates how natural environment affects human society. For example, natural disasters affect men and women differently, even to the extent that result in different death rates in catastrophes, according to the role they assume and the status they hold in particular society.
In such a way, gender has long constituted important agenda in the discourse of environmental justice, climate change, and sustainable development. The processes of gender-environment nexus, however, have more to be investigated. The claims of some of the eco-feminists on the essential nature of women that enables them an innate understanding ecosystem, for example, could be elaborated and enriched by empirical works that assess the gender-environmental processes. Likewise, the theoretical proposals by feminist economists to recognize the value of domestic work could be strengthened by integrating and ecological perspective. The discourse on sustainable development also could be enhanced by mainstreaming the gender perspective and the value of care. The link between these elements and the synergies thereof between gender and the environment will be explored in this session.
Session Organizer:
Keiko HIRAO, Sophia University, Japan
Kyoko UEDA, Sophia University, Japan
Oral Presentations
From Vulnerability to Agency in Disasters: The Experiences of Women Victim-Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan
Raisa TY, University of the Philippines-Diliman; University of Eastern Philippines, Philippines
Causal Analysis on Formaiton of Pro-Environmental Behaviours in China, Japan and South Korea: From a Perspective of Demographic Factor
Yanyan CHEN, Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan; Yuejun ZHENG, Doshisha Universtiy, Japan
Gender Differences in Attitudes Toward the Nuclear Power Policies and in Pro-Environment Behavior: Empirical Results Based on Japanese General Social Survey Data
Noriko IWAI, JGSS Research Center, Osaka University of Commerce, Japan; Kuniaki SHISHIDO, Osaka University of Commerce, Japan
Win-Win or Lose-Lose? Problematizing Women's Role in Household-Level Environmentalism
Emily HUDDART KENNEDY, Washington State University, USA; Julie KMEC, Washington State University, USA