Workshop on, Gender and the politics of environments February 25-26, 2013, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences REPORT Day one: Thomas Håkansson and Seema Arora-Jonsson introduced the workshop by explaining how they started to explore how much research is done in Sweden on the topic of gender and natural recourses. The idea with the workshop is to think about research we have in this field and hopefully move forward the network. Discussion groups led by graduate students assembled around themes presented by the keynote speaker and other presentations. 15:20 – 16:00 Plenary: important questions that came up in the smaller groups. - - - Feminist research does not have to be about gender. We are boxed as gender people. How to relate to that? In her keynote, Nightingale had suggested that in our research we start with inequality, and see what emerges. Inequalities start in the household, you learn to be a person in a hierarchical structure, and then you go out in the world and do that. The importance of intersectionality was discussed – when do you stop? Does it become a meaningless word? It is a concept that aim at understanding how people come to be positioned in society and how they come to understand themselves You can look at gender relations in relation to environmental change. Gender actions that feed into environmental change, feeding into gendered effects. We need to take environment in equally seriously. It is also complex. The intersection between gender and environment would be much richer if we take seriously the environment as we do gender. What is a resource? It is something abstracted from a very complex set of socio-ecological relationships and isolated in our gaze. But seeing something as a resource is historical, and gendered. Day two: Dianne Rocheleau, key note: Gender, culture, and Nature in Social Movements in Chiapas and Beyond: Making another world in which many worlds (and futures) are possible. Questions for working groups: - Knowledge production Activist/scholar perspectives How do we understand local change? Policy makers or local community? What are the analytical concepts that we use to try to understand what we see? Plenary: The plenary discussion took up a number of issues such as: What are the unquestioned rules when it comes to knowledge production? How do we combine advocacy vs activist roles? A discussion followed about the importance of critical distance in scholarly work. The workshop ended in an involved discussion about the future of gender and the environment in Swedish research. Where to take it from here? Courses Workshop Ask FORMAS for funding for these Symposium at a larger yearly conference Publications – short critical pieces We decided to set up an email list and develop future activities. While there exist an internationally known research profile on human-environmental relationships (political ecology, human ecology, social-ecological systems), the gender aspect is seldom foregrounded.