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Climate change and gender inequality: What are the connections and what can we do about it?

Environment Themed

What’s on offer?

This virtual event will feature a panel discussion with a series of experts, exploring the gendered dynamics of the climate crisis, and how it connects to gendered forms of violence and abuse. It will be timed to coincide with COP26, to draw attention to the numerous ways in which gender inequality and global heating are intertwined and mutually reinforcing.

There will also be time for a discussion and questions during the webinar. 

What’s it about?

How are the impacts and causes of global heating shaped by gender inequality? Will climate change exacerbate gender-based violence? How can feminism help us to tackle the climate crisis? Does Covid-19 present an opportunity to shift gender norms and our relationship with the environment? These are some of the questions which will be explored in this free public webinar, open to all, organised by members of Durham University’s Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. It will take place in the wake of the crucially important UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, which we will reflect on the outcomes of as part of the discussion.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Sherilyn MacGregor (Reader in Environmental Politics, University of Manchester) Author of Beyond Mothering Earth: Ecological Citizenship and the Politics of Care, editor of the Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment, and co-author of the recent Women's Budget Group report Towards a Feminist Green New Deal for the UK and the forthcoming Oxfam America report Caring in a Changing Climate.

Prof Tanya Wyatt (Professor of Criminology, Northumbria University) Co-author of books including Crime and Power, Wildlife Criminology, and Emerging Issues in Green Criminology: Exploring Power, Justice and Harm.

Alyssa Thurston (Research Assistant, Dept of Disease Control) and Dr Meghna Ranganathan (Assistant Professor, Dept of Global Health & Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) Authors of research including 'Natural hazards, disasters and violence against women and girls' (BMJ Global Health, 2021).

Dr Stephen Burrell (Durham University Dept of Sociology) Undertaking Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship on 'The climate crisis as masculine violence? Engaging men and boys in caring for the planet'.

The event will be chaired by Sandy Ruxton (Climate activist, Masculinities expert and Honorary Fellow, Durham University Dept of Sociology). There will plenty of time for questions and discussion.


Open to

This event is open to the general public, though it may also be of particular interest to environmental activists, researchers and policymakers.

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