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Gender and resilience for global environmental change

A new special issue published by AMBIO highlights the importance of making gender a central aspect of research on resilience to global environmental change.

The literature in global environmental change, including climate change, has scarcely focused to date on the intersectional character of gender and power relations in building resilience and adaptive capacities. Additionally, there has been a tendency to frame women as being especially vulnerable or virtuous in the context of environmental change without much empirical analysis of how gender relations operate in different contexts. In this context, two main aims are addressed through the special issue ‘Gender perspectives in resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to global environmental change’ published in the interdisciplinary journal AMBIO: (1) to frame and advance the research on gender in resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to global environmental change in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary way and (2) to apply such interdisciplinary approach in a number of empirical cases from around the world.


The special issue is comprised by twelve peer reviewed research articles that provide reflections and evidence of how gender and feminist studies can link with novel understandings about vulnerability, resilience and adaptation to global environmental change. Nine of the articles present empirical research, two reviews the state of the art literature and another article is the ‘insight’ contribution, reflecting on the key topic of intersectional framings within research and development programming.


This is a timely special issue which will allow scientists and those interested in global environmental change, to better understand emerging patterns whereby gendered diversity in knowledge and everyday practices matters in fostering options for enhancing social-ecological resilience. The rich texture of the case studies contributes to show the importance of contextualizing the gender debate within different socio-cultural situations to identify effective and equitable decision-making options to respond to the adverse impacts of global environmental change.


Special Issue:

Ravera F, Iniesta-Arandia I, Martín-López B, Pascual U, Bose P (2016) Gender perspectives in resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to global environmental change. AMBIO 45, Issue 8, Supplement 3. ( link, opens in new window)


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The Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), is a core project of Future Earth. It aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological system and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.