Moving Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries to Respond to Climate Change


Gender blindness has been diagnosed and redressed in many social science disciplines as the case studies in this volume show. Many early studies of environment and climate change in the natural and the social sciences were similarly gender blind. But increasingly scholars, policymakers and practitioners are recognising that gender matters in the experience of, and responses to, climate change and in extreme weather events which are rising in frequency and severity. Moreover, women are increasingly prominent in local, regional and global fora in promoting climate justice and this is matched by a fertile, transdisciplinary field on gender, environment and climate change. Examples of initiatives led by Pacific Islander women are discussed, including the Pacific Climate Warriors and Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA).  Forging coalitions between natural and social scientists, between scholars, activists and policymakers is crucial at a time when we are experiencing a climate emergency of global proportions.

(In Marian Sawer, Fiona Jenkins and Karen Downing (eds), How Gender can Transform the Social Sciences: Innovation and Impact, pp.187–97).

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Submitted by Margaret Jolly
June 17, 2022
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