Gender and Diversity in the Life Sciences Domains (GEO58806)

Today, research in the life sciences done to support sustainable development is increasingly interdisciplinary and demands better understanding of roles of gender and other differences, such as race and colonial history. This course directly enables participants to develop, operationalize and integrate a critical gender framework into their own research. The manner in which participants work gender into their own research may then be independently replicated in integrating other relevant concerns.

Organised by Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)

Mon 19 February 2024 until Fri 15 March 2024

Contact person (content): Chizu Sato
Contact person (logistics): Marcella Haan

Registration: via Osiris, contact WASS when this is not possible

Times: Mon/Wed/Fri 10.00-13.00 hrs (exept 1 March, then from 14.00-17.00).

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • understand and historically position current approaches in critical gender/feminist studies, in particular with regards to the life sciences domains (such as, but not limited to food, agriculture, water);
  • develop a coherent critical gender studies framework;
  • integrate and operationalize this critical gender studies into their own research project/interests;
  • directly use feminist/critical gender approaches in doing research in the life sciences domains and draw on the theories and concepts learned to develop and integrate other perspectives; and;  
  • engage in active learning, critical thinking and academic debate.

Assumed prior knowledge

General interest in gender studies; Bachelor’s degree in social, environmental or gamma sciences

Course materials

Required readings will be made available before the course starts by the course coordinator.


Reading, pre-session activities, participatory lectures, in-class discussions and post-session group-based and individual reflections.


feminist approaches (history, epistemology, social justice, political ecology), decolonization, more than human approaches, issues in research across power.