WASS Lecture 'Gender Dilemmas in Sustainable Development'

Organised by Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)

Wed 14 June 2017 12:30 to 14:00

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Room C70

Short descriptions of the lecture:

Wendy Harcourt argues that feminist theory brings important political lessons to sustainable development. Her talk explores: development as transformative politics; intersectionality; and the inter-section of gender with sustainability issues. She argues that new methodologies are required in development that bridge the divide between practice-based analysis and universalising ‘global’ theory. She presents the case for why it is important to learn from those who are breaking new ground listening and learning from the perspectives of communities living and working on the margins of mainstream development.


Dr Wendy Harcourt is Associate Professor in Critical Development and Feminist Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University in The Hague. She is Research Programme Leader for the Civic Innovation Research Programme. Dr Wendy Harcourt joined the ISS in November 2011 after 23 years at the Society for International Development, Rome as Editor of the journal Development and Director of Programmes. She has edited 12 books and her monograph:  'Body Politics in Development: Critical Debates in Gender and Development' published by Zed Books in 2009, received the 2010 Feminist Women Studies Association Book Prize. She is series editor of the ISS Routledge Series on Gender and Sexuality and Palgrave Gender, Development and Social Change book series.

Recent relevant publications:

  • Harcourt, W. (2016). Gender Dilemmas in International Development Studies.  The European Journal of Development Research, 28 (2), 167–174.
  • Harcourt, W. (2016). Gender and sustainable livelihoods: Linking gendered experiences of environment, community and self. Agricultural Journal of Human Values, 33 (4), 1-13.
  • Harcourt, W. (2015). The future of capitalism: A consideration of alternatives. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 38 (6), 1307-1328.
  • Harcourt, W., & Nelson, I. L. (Eds.). (2015). Practicing feminist political ecologies: Moving beyond the 'green economy'. London: Zed Books.
  • Harcourt, W. (Ed.). (2012). Women Reclaiming Sustainable Livelihoods: Spaces Lost, Spaces Gained. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.