Gender, Environment, and Development

2 credits / 6 weeks weeks

Professor Olivia Sylvester

In this course, we critically examine gender in environment and development. We review the process of gender mainstreaming, we analyze its historical challenges, and we propose innovative frameworks to better address these challenges. Using gender case studies, we take on the most pressing environment and development issues including: food security, climate change, and environmental justice. Furthermore, we apply our new knowledge to policy and programming. This class is relevant to students and professionals working in education, research, programming and policy who want to deepen their understanding of gender and to acquire tools to address gender in environment and development.

Olivia Sylvester

Olivia Sylvester, Ph.D., researches sustainable agriculture, food security, climate change, and environmental justice a feminist political ecology perspective. For more than a decade, she has worked in Costa Rica with Indigenous people, women, small-scale farmers, and youth on these topics. Her research is driven by social justice goals and she uses alternative methodologies (e.g., Indigenous, feminist). She has taught in higher education for over a decade in Canada, the United States, and in Costa Rica. Olivia is also an adjunct faculty at Long Island University (USA) and a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the International Society of Ethnobiology, and the Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage Project. Being active within these networks allows her to work at the interface of policy and practice.

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