Gender research is as broad as the concept of gender itself. It goes far beyond women’s and feminist studies, to include equity and equality, masculinities and queer studies, gender and development, and feminist political ecology, among others. The discursive construction of gender is crucial to make any sort of social, economic or environmental analysis.
One of CLOSER’s objectives is to contribute to socio-environmental research from a gender perspective. The research focuses on two main aspects: on the one hand, a feminist grounded approach is applied to consider gendered relations with natural resources (often overlooked within development policies), and to evaluate policy frameworks from a bottom up perspective. On the other, CLOSER aims to analyse how gender interacts with ethnicity, power distribution, and culture to see how gender shapes society and vice versa.
An interdisciplinary approach at the interface of political economy, anthropology, geography and ecology. It seeks to provide understandings of socio-environmental issues with an explicit concern with unequal power relations and both material and discursive struggles shaping those issues, thereby avoiding simplistic and normative explanations of environmental change and environmental conflicts.