Gender, Environment, and Development

2 credits / 6 weeks weeks
15 Jan 2018 - 23 Feb 2018

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

An ethnobiologist who researches food harvesting in Costa Rica. For the past decade her research program has focused on access to food in Costa Rican national parks. Specifically her emphasis has been on Indigenous rights to access and harvest cultural food. Olivia is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the International Society of Ethnobiology, the Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage Project, and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. Being active within these networks allows her to work at the interface of policy and practice regarding food harvesting and access.


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