Gender & Diversity in Sustainable Development

Chizu Sato (SCH)
Bettina Bock (RSO)
Margreet van der Burg (SSG)
Jessica Duncan (RSO)
Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (RHI)
Janneke Pieters (DEC)
Elisabet Rasch (SDC)

Organised by Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)
Date Mon 22 May 2017 until Fri 16 June 2017
Time 09:30
Venue Leeuwenborch, building number 201
Hollandseweg 1
6706 KN

Inequality lies at the center of current debates about sustainable development, from which a number of policy issues, including Sustainable Development Goals, emanate. Yet, how social (in)equality contributes to creating sustainable development often remains invisible in research. This course enables participants to recognize linkages between gender and diversity and sustainable development in a contemporary globalising world. The topics covered in this course are:

  • Introduction: key concepts in gender studies
  • Trends form a historical perspective
  • Economics: macro and micro perspectives
  • Work and care
  • Population and migration
  • Food security and governance
  • Environment and natural resource management
  • Global politics

The last topic will be covered in a public lecture by Dr. Wendy Harcourt (Associate Professor, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam) who will connect global policy and local practice in support of sustainable development from a gender and diversity perspective.

Topics will be surveyed from perspectives that attend to the intersecting diverse dimensions of inequality, such as gender, race, ethnicity, social class, and nation, to mention just a few. Intersectional perspectives will be put in context in time and place to explain changing constructions, perceptions and interpretations of inequality. This course examines sustainability historically, as well as both in the global South and the global North, illuminating differences across time and geographical locations and their dynamic interactions.

This course will be a seminar. We will take a highly interactive learner-centered approach that combines short lectures with group-based learning activity and discussion. A series of instructors with gender and diversity expertise from WUR and other universities will discuss the relevance of the themes discussed in our class to their own domains.

Course participants are expected to write a short statement (max. 1 page A4) one week prior to the 1st session to: 1) introduce who they are in terms of disciplinary background and education; 2) outline gender and diversity issues in sustainable development which are relevant in their own domain of study; 3) questions or issues on gender and diversity in sustainable development with which they would like to engage and why; and 4) expectations of the course.