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Gender and Green Governance

by Alison Harvey last modified Oct 07, 2014 06:08 AM

Gender and Green Governance

As part of the Festival of Ideas programme, the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) is delighted to host an evening with Professor Bina Agarwal.

 Can the gender composition of groups managing local forests affect conservation outcomes? This simple question has been little addressed, despite the substantial literature on women’s representation in public bodies. Economists studying environmental collective action have paid little attention to the question of gender. Research on gender and green governance in other disciplines has focused mainly on women’s near absence from community forestry institutions. 

Bina Agarwal (Professor of Development Economics and Environment, University of Manchester) in her recent book reverses that focus to ask: what if women were present in these institutions? Would that affect conservation?  The author will speak about the book followed by a discussion by distinguished panellists: Professor Geoffrey Hawthorn (University of Cambridge), Dr Bhaskar Vira (University of Cambridge) and Professor Melissa Leach (Director, IDS, Sussex).

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