1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Back | Programme Area: Environment, Sustainable Development and Social Change

Women, Environment and Population

  • Project from: 1991 to 1994


The objective of this project was to investigate the impact of environmental stress on community livelihoods in four countries, covering both rural and urban situations, and including examples of very different syndromes of environmental stress. The main purpose was to find out how women specifically were being affected by the environmental problems to which communities are exposed, and more generally to develop a gender analysis of the social dynamics of natural resource management in the study areas, with special reference to the implications for the relations between environmental change and population growth.

Research carried out in Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico and Morocco was designed to develop a coherent conceptual framework for addressing these questions and drawing policy lessons across a range of environmental resources situations, rather than to allow for rigorous comparative analysis.

Network: The project was carried out in cooperation with UNFPA. In Kenya: Jomo Kenyatta University College of Agriculture and Technology. In Malaysia: Faculties of Social and Environmental Sciences, Sabah Campus, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Asia and Pacific Development Centre, Kuala Lumpur. In Mexico: El Colegio de México. In Morocco: UNFPA.

This project was externally coordinated by Susan Joekes.