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Challenges and dilemmas of integrating gender in the field of environment and development at SEI

This chapter features a conversation with SEI researchers who work to keep gender central in their environment-related studies and policy engagement.

Andreea Raluca Torre / Published on 27 November 2020
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Torre, A.R. (2020). Challenges and dilemmas of integrating gender in the field of environment and development at SEI. In B. P. Resurrección and R. Elmhirst (Eds.). Negotiating Gender Expertise in Environment and Development: Voices from Feminist Political Ecology. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351175180

This chapter — from the book Negotiating Gender Expertise in Environment and Development — reflects on the challenges of assiduously working for bringing gender in, and keeping it central, to the realms of environmental science, capacity-building activities and policy engagement.

Through a conversation with researchers at SEI — who work in centres across Asia, Europe and the US — the author details multiple challenges at various scales. Such challenges relate to the complexities of “being a woman scientist” and to differing disciplinary and professional backgrounds, as well as to the nature of work that involves navigating encounters between epistemologically masculine fields which often overlook the micro-scale of human and more specifically women’s experiences. The reflections in this chapter are hence rooted in the never-ending dilemmas about self-identifying and being identified as gender professionals, the ontological and epistemological tensions between natural and social science researchers, as well as the politics and practice of gender work in a historically technical, and increasingly managerialist field.

Featuring interviews with

Natalia Biskupska

Programme Manager

SEI Asia

Laura Forni

Acting Water Program Director

SEI US

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Emily Ghosh

Scientist

SEI US

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Andreea Raluca Torre

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