Special inauguration at ISS on feminist political ecology

A special inauguration at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague: on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018, Wendy Harcourt will be inaugurated as Professor of Gender, Diversity and Sustainable Development. This inauguration also marks the launch of the first international feminist political ecology research network, WEGO-ITN.

In her augural speech, Wendy Harcourt will explain how gender and diversity relates to sustainable development. She argues that as we face climatic conditions never before experienced on this planet, we need a gendered knowledge of every day experiences combined with a political and ecologically aware approach to global economic dynamics.

Harcourt presents why feminist political ecology is vital to a sustainable future.

Feminist political ecology

March 8 will also be the launch of the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovation Training Network Grant: Well-being, Ecology, Gender and cOmmunity (WEGO-ITN), which was awarded 3.9 million euro last year for 15 PhDs which Prof. Harcourt coordinates.

As the first international feminist political ecology research network of its kind, WEGO-ITN aspires to tackle socio-ecological challenges linked to policy agendas. This innovative project will help local communities to build resilient, equitable and sustainable futures.

The first international feminist political ecology research network of its kind


The goal of WEGO-ITN is to provide research that will demonstrate to policy makers how communities actively sustain and care for their environment and community well-being. Ultimately, WEGO will collectively provide important guides to strategies of resilience and sustainability that are required for meeting the SDGs.

Research themes

The individual doctoral study projects will explore three interconnecting research themes: Climate Change, Economic Development and Extractivism, Commoning, Community Economies and the Politics of Care and Nature/Culture/ Embodiment and Technologies.

The WEGO-ITN is made up of scholar-activists working on feminist political ecology from ten institutions in five European Union countries: Germany, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom and eight institutions from six countries for training and secondments: Australia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Uruguay and USA.

For more information see www.iss.nl/wego-itn

More information

Sandra Nijhof, Media Officer ISS: sandra.nijhof@eur.nl or +31 704260 414

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