• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Geography, Anthropology, Development Studies, Environmental Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

This interdisciplinary course is meant for students who are currently working (or intending to do so) on environmental sustainability, resource management, rural development and related issues in a participatory manner in developing countries. It trains students how to apply gender analytical tools in natural resource management and development projects, in environmental change, food and water supplies, and sustainable development. The course is meant for, besides students planning to opt for higher academic pursuits such as research, those who want to work as development practitioners and those who want to acquire an in-depth understanding of the critical issues before working in the field.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate a critical appreciation of major gender issues in environmental and resource management in a development context;
  2. analyse and formulate environmental management projects from a gender perspective, and appraise such a project or policy in terms of its likely gender impacts; and
  3. apply the concepts and approaches used by scholars and practitioners in linking gender and environmental issues in developmental contexts;
  4. reflect critically on and discuss own learning as it relates to the concepts and methods introduced in the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class/Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Final Essay Presentation (10) [LO 1,2]
  3. Final Essay (50) [LO 2,3]
  4. Reflective Journal (20) [LO 1,4]
  5. Podcast (10) [LO 1,4]

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130 hours total over the duration of the course with a combination of lectures, tutorials and in-class workshops and library/online work.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Each week students will have two required readings and additional supplementary readings.

The interdisciplinary nature of the course requires the use of several books and articles rather than a specific text book, and an indicative list of readings is given below:

Agarwal, Bina (1991) Engendering the environment debate: Lessons from the Indian subcontinent, CASID Distinguished Speaker Series no. 8, Michigan State University.

Collaborative paper (2011) Gender and environment: critical tradition and new challenges, Environment and Planning D, Society & Space.

Cornwall, Andrea, Elizabeth Harrison and Ann Whitehead (2007) Gender myths and feminist fables: The struggle for interpretative power in gender and development, Development and Change, 38(1), 1-20.

Jackson, C. (1993) Doing what comes naturally? Women and environment in development, World Development 21(12), pp. 1947-63.

Elmhirst, Rebecca, and Bernadette P Resurreccion. 2008. "Gender, environment and natural resource management: New dimensions, new debates." In Gender and natural resource management: Livelihoods, mobility and interventions, edited by Bernadette Resurreccion and Rebecca Elmhirst, 3-20. London, Sterling, VA: Earthscan.

Leach, Melissa (2007) Earth Mother myths and other ecofeminist fables: How a strategic notion rose and fell, Development and Change, 38(1) 67-85.

Cornwall, Andrea. 2000. Making a difference? Gender and participatory development. In IDS Discussion Paper 378. Sussex: Institute of Development Studies.

Rocheleau, Dianne. 2015. "A Situated View of Feminist Political Ecology from My Networks, Roots and Territories." In Practising Feminist Political Ecologies: Moving Beyond the 'Green Economy', edited by Wendy Harcourt and Ingrid L. Nelson. London: Zed Books.

Doss, Cheryl. 2013. "Intrahousehold bargaining and resource allocation in developing countries." The World Bank Research Observer 28 (1):52-78.

Meinzen-Dick, Ruth S., Lynn R. Brown, Hilary Sims Feldstein, and Agnes R. Quisumbing. 1997. Nguyen, Minh T.N., and Catherine Locke. 2014. "Rural-urban migration in Vietnam and China: Gendered householding, production of space and the state." The Journal of Peasant Studies 41 (5):855-76.

Preliminary Reading

Andersen, Lykke E., Dorte Verner, and Manfred Wiebelt. 2017. "Gender and Climate Change in Latin America: An Analysis of Vulnerability, Adaptation and Resilience Based on Household Surveys." Journal of International Development 29 (7):857-876.

Alston, Margaret, and Badi Akhter. 2016. "Gender and food security in Bangladesh: the impact of climate change." Gender, Place & Culture 23 (10):1450-1464.

van Koppen, Barbara. 2018. "Gender and Water." In The Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy, edited by Ken Conca and Erika Weinthal, 76-99. New York: Oxford University Press.

Khumalo, Kathryn E, and Wayne A Freimund. 2014. "Expanding women's choices through employment? Community-based Natural Resource Management and women's empowerment in Kwandu Conservancy, Namibia." Society & Natural Resources 27 (10):1024-1039.

Kleiber, Danika, Leila M Harris, and Amanda CJ Vincent. 2014. "Gender and small-scale fisheries: a case for counting women and beyond." Fish and Fisheries 16 (4):547-562.

Hesse-Biber, Sharlene. 2012. "Feminist approaches to triangulation: Uncovering subjugated knowledge and fostering social change in mixed methods research." Journal of Mixed Methods Research 6 (2):137-146.


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6.00 0.12500
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2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
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