Negotiating Gender Expertise in Environment and Development: Voices From Feminist Political Ecology

Bernadette Resurreccion (Editor), Rebecca Elmhirst (Editor)

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This book casts a light on the daily struggles and achievements of ‘gender experts’ working in environment and development organisations, where they are charged with advancing gender equality and social equity and aligning this with visions of sustainable development. Developed through a series of conversations convened by the book’s editors with leading practitioners from research, advocacy and donor organisations, this text explores the ways gender professionals – specialists and experts, researchers, organizational focal points – deal with personal, power-laden realities associated with navigating gender in everyday practice. In turn, wider questions of epistemology and hierarchies of situated knowledges are examined, where gender analysis is brought into fields defined as largely techno-scientific, positivist and managerialist. Drawing on insights from feminist political ecology and feminist science, technology and society studies, the authors and their collaborators reveal and reflect upon strategies that serve to mute epistemological boundaries and enable small changes to be carved out that on occasions open up promising and alternative pathways for an equitable future.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages272
ISBN (Electronic)9781351175180
ISBN (Print)9780815386124
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.


  • feminist political ecology
  • sustainable development
  • gender expertise
  • science and technology studies (STS)


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