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A synthesis of convergent reflections, tensions and silences in linking gender and global environmental change research

  • Iniesta-Arandia, Irene1
  • Ravera, Federica2, 3
  • Buechler, Stephanie4
  • Díaz-Reviriego, Isabel5, 6
  • Fernández-Giménez, María E.7
  • Reed, Maureen G.8
  • Thompson-Hall, Mary9
  • Wilmer, Hailey7
  • Aregu, Lemlem10
  • Cohen, Philippa11, 12
  • Djoudi, Houria13
  • Lawless, Sarah11
  • Martín-López, Berta14
  • Smucker, Thomas15
  • Villamor, Grace B.16
  • Wangui, Elizabeth Edna15
  • 1 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Social-Ecological Systems Laboratory, Department of Ecology, Edificio de Biología, Calle Darwin nº 2, Campus de Cantoblanco, C.P. 28049 Madrid, Spain , C.P. 28049 Madrid (Spain)
  • 2 Universidade de Évora, ICAAM - Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais Mediterrânicas, LDSP - Landscape Dynamics and Social Process Research Group, Pólo da Mitra, Ap. 94, Évora, 7002-554, Portugal , Évora (Portugal)
  • 3 CREAF, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Catalonia, 08193, Spain , Catalonia (Spain)
  • 4 University of Arizona, School of Geography and Development and Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, 803 East 1st Street, Tucson, Arizona, 85719, USA , Tucson (United States)
  • 5 Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss 5 Open University of Catalonia, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Castelldefels, Barcelona, 080193, Spain , Castelldefels (Spain)
  • 6 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals, Edifici Z ICTA-ICP Carrer de les columnes, Bellaterra, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, 08193, Spain , Cerdanyola del Vallès (Spain)
  • 7 Colorado State University, Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship, 1472 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO, 80523-1472, USA , Fort Collins (United States)
  • 8 University of Saskatchewan, 117 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5C8, Canada , Saskatoon (Canada)
  • 9 International START Secretariat, 2000 Florida Avenue N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC, 20009, USA , Washington (United States)
  • 10 Worldfish, West Gyogone, Bayint Naung Road, Insein Township, Yangon, 11181, Myanmar , Yangon (Myanmar (Burma))
  • 11 WorldFish, Jalan Batu Maung, Batu Maung, Bayan Lepas, Penang, 11960, Malaysia , Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)
  • 12 James Cook University, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Townsville, Queensland, 4811, Australia , Townsville (Australia)
  • 13 CIFOR, Centre for International Forestry Research, Situ Gede, Bogor Barat, Jawa Barat, 16115, Indonesia , Bogor Barat (Indonesia)
  • 14 Leuphana University, Faculty of Sustainability, Institute of Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research, Scharnhorststr. 1, Lüneburg, 21335, Germany , Lüneburg (Germany)
  • 15 Ohio University, Department of Geography, Clippinger Labs 122, Athens, OH, 45701, USA , Athens (United States)
  • 16 Center for Development Research (ZEF), Walter-Flex 3, Bonn, 53113, Germany , Bonn (Germany)
Published Article
Springer Netherlands
Publication Date
Nov 22, 2016
Suppl 3
DOI: 10.1007/s13280-016-0843-0
Springer Nature


This synthesis article joins the authors of the special issue “Gender perspectives in resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to global environmental change” in a common reflective dialogue about the main contributions of their papers. In sum, here we reflect on links between gender and feminist approaches to research in adaptation and resilience in global environmental change (GEC). The main theoretical contributions of this special issue are threefold: emphasizing the relevance of power relations in feminist political ecology, bringing the livelihood and intersectionality approaches into GEC, and linking resilience theories and critical feminist research. Empirical insights on key debates in GEC studies are also highlighted from the nine cases analysed, from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Further, the special issue also contributes to broaden the gender approach in adaptation to GEC by incorporating research sites in the Global North alongside sites from the Global South. This paper examines and compares the main approaches adopted (e.g. qualitative or mixed methods) and the methodological challenges that derive from intersectional perspectives. Finally, key messages for policy agendas and further research are drawn from the common reflection.

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