Gendering Environment

Below, you will find the reading list for my spring 2014 Gendering Environment course at SFU. Many of the articles are available via the SFU library. Article links should prompt users for a library ID and then re-direct you to the article. If this is not the case (if, for example, you end up at the pay wall on the journal’s website), follow these instructions:

Got to On the right, you should see the “Library Search” box. Type in the name of the journal (eg, Cultural Geographies; Progress in Human Geography). The journal should come up on the top left hand side of the screen. Click “Access journal”, and -unless you are using a campus computer- you will need to sign in with an SFU password. Once you are in the journal site, search for the author (eg, Braun) or article title and scroll through until you find the article that is listed in the syllabus. Here, you should be able to download a PDF copy of the text.

January 6: “Introductions: Competing visions and productive tensions”

• Scranton (2013) Learning how to die in the Anthropocene. New York Times.
• Solnit (2013) What comes after hope.
• City of Vancouver (2012) Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

January 13: “Learning to see: nature”
• Braun (2000) Producing vertical territory: Geology and governmentality in late Victorian Canada. Cultural Geographies 7, pp. 7-11, 15-26, and 28-31 only
• Braun (2006) Environmental issues: Global natures in the space of assemblage. Progress in Human Geography 30, 644-654.
• Ford & Pearce (2012) Climate change vulnerability and adaptation research focusing on the Inuit subsistence sector in Canada: Directions for future research. The Canadian Geographer 56, 275-287.
Recommended optional reading Cronon (1996) Introduction: In search of nature. In Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the human place in nature. New York: Norton.

January 20: “Governing logics and logics of governance”
• Brundtland Report (1987) Our Common Future. Selection: pp. 11-18. (Or use this link to the full report: Full report: Bookmarked pdf)

• Krueger & Gibbs (2007) Introduction: Problematizing the politics of sustainability. In Krueger & Gibbs, eds., The Sustainable Development Paradox, pp. 1-6, New York: Guilford Press.
• Griffin (2009) Neoliberalism, gender & global governance. In Gendering the World Bank, pp. 1-20, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave.
• Imrie & Thomas (2008) The interrelationships between environment and disability. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 13, 477-483.

January 27: “Interventions: From Ecofeminism to Just Sustainability”
• Sturgeon (1997) Excerpts from Ecofeminist Natures, pp. 23-30. New York: Routledge.
• Sandilands (1999) Excerpts from The Good-Natured Feminist, pp. xi-xvii, 3-5. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
• DiChiro (1998) Environmental Justice from the Grassroots. In Faber (Ed.) The Struggle for Ecological Democracy, pp. 104-136. Guilford.
• Seymour (2012) Just sustainability in urban parks. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 17, 167-185.

February 3: “Contemporary tensions: ‘Where are the women?’ and Gendering environment”
• Seager (2006) Noticing gender (or not) in disasters. Geoforum 37, 2-3.
• Reed & Mitchell (2003) Gendering Environmental Geography. The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien 47, 318-337.
• Teelucksingh (2007) Environmental racialization: Linking racialization to the environment in Canada. Local Environment 12, 645-661.
Recommended optional reading 

• Nightingale (2006) The nature of gender. Environment and Planning D: Society & Space 24, 165-185.

• Buckingham (2007) Microgeographies and microruptures. In Krueger & Gibbs, eds., The Sustainable Development Paradox, pp. 66-94, New York: Guilford Press.

February 10: No class meeting.

February 17: Mid-semester exam in class (2 hours)

Top-down and bottom-up strategies: A series of inter-related cases

February 24: “Evaluating inclusion strategies”

  • Student presentations in class (2 hours)
  • Shaw et al (2012). Introduction, in Building Inclusive Cities, pp. 1-13
  • Ayers et al (2012) An exploration of Hul’qumi’num Coast Salish peoples’ attitudes towards the establishment of no-take zones within marine protected areas in the Salish Sea, Canada. The Canadian Geographer 56, 260-274.


March 3: “Addressing climate change”


March 10: “Considerations for the built environment”

 March 17: Research day All assignment deadlines (Analysis, First Draft & Preliminary Research Journal) delayed until March 24

March 24: “Production, consumption & waste”

  • Bedore (2010) Just urban food systems: A new direction for food access and urban social justice. Geography Compass 4, 1418-1432.
  • Smith (2012) Gender and food security in a fair, green economy? Development 55, 81-89.
  • Nomura et al (2011) The use of feedback to enhance environmental outcomes. Local Environment 16, 637-653.

March 31: “Clean water, clean air”

April 7: “Health, sustainability & environmental citizenship”

  • Illig & Haldeos (2004) Children’s health and the environment. Development 47, 104-108.
  • Rondon (2008) Canadian Mining in Latin America: CSR and women’s testimonies. Canadian Woman Studies 27, 89-96.
  • Smith & Pangsapa (2008) Environmental borderlands. In Environment & Citizenship, pp. 174-208. New York: Zed Books.

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