Gendering a Sustainable Future: Water, Conflict and Climate Change

10.06.2014 - 11.06.2014

The international workshop “Gendering a Sustainable Future: Water, Conflict and Climate Change” takes place on June 10‐11 in the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (UN WWAP) headquarters in Colombella, Italy.

The workshop explores the nexus between gender, water resources and violent conflict and builds inter‐ and transdisciplinary knowledge on gender‐sensitive conflict analyses in the context of global environmental and climatic change.

Gender is a relevant category both for the analysis of conflict (de)escalation processes and the understanding of differing vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities with regard to environmental (climate) change. The growing interest in environmental conflict and conflicts over natural resources has, however, yet to lead to a comprehensive analysis of their gender dimension and to move from the often repeated, prescriptive recommendation “to include gender” towards a binding research (and funding) commitment. The workshop aims at mending this research gap by addressing the relationship between gender identities, the symbolic and material construction of the environment and dynamics of conflict (de‐)escalation as well as the influence of international and national actors and discourses on the relationship between gender‐coded power relations and the interlacing issues of resource scarcity, adaptive capacity and conflict escalation.

This Workshop is sponsored by the Cluster of Excellence 'CliSAP' (EXC177), Universität Hamburg, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and by the Equal Opportunities Fund, Universität Hamburg.

Organizers: Christiane Fröhlich (IFSH), Giovanna Gioli (CLISEC)

Location: Colombella, Italy

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Conference website: here

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Contact: giovanna.gioli@zmaw.de and froehlich@ifsh.de