The aim of the project is understanding connections and flows of power to dig deep into processes of climate change and gender relations, and address these issues as social, ecological and political processes across borders and across scales.
The SEQUAL research project addresses the gender dimension In climate behavior and decision-making. Focusing on the sector of natural resource management we investigate gender differences in participation and leadership in climate related processes - everyday practices, decision-making and adaptation strategies - at all levels in society. We argue that natural resource management is a sector particularly suited to exploring the intersections and interdependencies of climate change and gender in an innovative way. Here conflicts related to climate policy are fully cross-cutting in terms of: adaptation strategies and effective mitigation measures; for livelihoods and well-being; and for ecosystem health and biodiversity. Vulnerable groups are highly dependent on natural resources, and compared to men, women are often the most affected by environmental change. Nevertheless, gender has been widely neglected in natural resource management and climate action.
We extend the frontiers of research in this field to a focus on why gender differences occur, how they are produced and reproduced and their social location (where). We conduct top-down discourse analysis of policy on climate change and gender equality in natural resource management across three countries, Norway, Sweden and Spain. We ground truth our policy analysis through qualitative case studies across national borders in reindeer herding in the Arctic, community farming in the Pyrenees and dry forest communities in Burkina Faso. We then focus on interactions between levels through comparative analysis across case studies and policy. The overall vision of the SEQUAL research project is understanding connections and flows of power to dig deep into processes of climate change and gender relations, and address these issues as social, ecological and political processes across borders and across scales. Our research is framed conceptually as investigations of discourse (politics and power), and processes (the dynamics and effects of flows of power) between and across scales, operating in social-ecological systems.