Colombella 2014

International Workshop “Gendering a Sustainable Future: Water, Conflict and Climate Change”, June 10-11, Colombella, Italy

You can download the programme of the workshop here.

Goals of the workshop

The workshop aims at exploring the nexus between gender, water resources and violent conflict and to build inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge on gender-sensitive conflict analyses in the context of global environmental and climatic change.
Since the 1970s the “gender & environment” scholarship (encompassing both natural resources – especially water- and, more recently, climate change) have contributed to highlight the role played by gender in determining access to and control over natural resources – Similarly, “gender & conflict” scholars and practitioners have delved into the role of constructed femininities and masculinities as well as gendered discourses as factors of power consolidation and acquisition.

Due to disciplinary boundaries as well as to policy agendas and donor priorities, there has been a striking lack of interaction and exchange between these research areas, and very few studies have addressed the three components of our nexus together (Gender, Conflict and global environmental/climatic change).

Nevertheless, 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 change. The growing interest in environmental conflict and conflicts over natural resources has yet to lead to a comprehensive analysis of their gender dimension and to move from the often repeated, mainly prescriptive recommendation “to include gender” towards a binding research (and funding) commitment. Our workshop aims at mending that research gap.

Central questions

  1. What is the relationship between gender identities, the symbolic and material construction of the environment and dynamics of conflict (de-)escalation?
  2. How do international and national actors and discourses influence the relationship between gender-coded power relations and the interlacing of resource scarcity, adaptive capacity and conflict escalation?
  3. How can gender be incorporated into water projects? How can gender indicators for the water sector be developed and operationalized? Can the climate change agenda build momentum for a better integration of gender into water related development interventions?
  4. How do gender-differentiated resource utilisation and local adaptive practices influence conflict (de-)escalation processes?

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