2020 in view
January - I begin my expert consultancy with the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden - advising on women's empowerment in ocean science. 2021-2030 is the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and the WMU are focusing on women's empowerment and gender equality as a core element of this. See Projects pages for more details.
Saturday January 11th True Tales for Change - a project for a fairer future
What does it feel like to be a vulnerable person in an unassailable place? 'True Tales for Change' harnesses the power of people's stories - the people whose voices are not usually heard. I will be presenting the context of exclusion in Cambridge - the most economically divided city in the UK - drawing on more conventional research. But research is never neutral: I will also stress the importance for this kind of research to go beyond the statistics, and for researchers, artists, community activists and residents to work together in common cause to reduce inequality.
2019 in review
I've been lucky to have been invited to speak at and chair for some really interesting events, identified below, widely varied in size, international reach, and local connectivity. Through these I have met some amazing researchers, writers, and artists actively engaged in environmental and feminist action. I have managed to include some of their work in the second edition of 'Gender and Environment', the manuscript of which I eventually delivered to Routledge in October.
A Colloquiam organized by the Concert Hall of Thessaloniki in collaboration with the Nicos Poulantzas Institute (NPI) on Democracy in Crisis: the consequences of austerity in inclusion and planning politics addressed the need for feminism and social inclusion in education and planning.
2019 Humanitarian Congress in Berlin, co-ordinated by Medicins Sans Frontieres, Medicins du Monde, the German Red Cross, Artskammer Berlin and Greenpeace International , I was in conversation with Joy Warmington, Founder and CEO of brap following my keynote talk: CLIMATE EMERGENCY, HUMANITARIAN ACTION AND GENDER EQUALITY
Locally in Cambridge I participated in a Roundtable on gender and climate justice, part of the Amos Trust's 'Once in a Lifetime' two day event, and in a gender and climate change panel for Cambridge University's 'Green Week'. In London, I chaired a panel in Ecofutures: Queer, Feminist and Decolonial Responses to Ecological and Environmental Changes.
Gender & Environment Book Series
There have been two new publications in the Routledge Book Series of which I am the Series Editor. Joining Martin Hultman's and Paul Pule's 'Ecological Masculinities' are Barbara Zibell, Doris Damyanovic and Ulrike Sturm's edited 'Gendered Approaches to Spatial Development in Europe' and Clara Greed's edited 'Gender and Religion in the City'. Watch this page for details of publications.
As Editorial Board member for the journal Local Environment, pleased to have initiated 'Translations: an occasional series' curated by Bregje Van Veelan
This feature brings non-English language key writing on sustainability and environmental justice to an English speaking audience. In our first review, the German scholar Sandra Huning reviewed Frei.Räume, a journal established as a mouthpiece for women’s concerns about urban development, and to contribute feminist perspectives on planning and architecture. The watershed issue 10 both reflects back on the achievements of feminist planners and looks forward to what feminist planning had yet to address. The second 'Translation' is written by another German, feminist architect Barbara Zibell who explains the importance of 'Verbaute Raume', Germany's first published book to address women's needs in architecture and design. Given Germany’s position as a global leader in sustainability, and its strong feminist and Green traditions, these pieces potentially have important lessons for a much wider audience.For more details see here.
Freud Museum, London: Intraplaces - dialogues without words
Saturday 15 September 2018: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Further details can be found here
Artist Elena Cologni in conversation with author Susan Buckingham, whose research and publications address gender and environmental issues. The discussion will investigate how people express their attachment to place non-verbally through the adoption of a nomadic (Braidotti) and dialogic sculpture which Elena designed, based on the principles of the Margaret Lowenfeld Mosaic Box (1954). Aspects of this process were exhibited at New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College of the University of Cambridge (see below), for which she developed the series ‘Intraplaces’.
The active engagement at the Freud Museum concludes a series of encounters in London’s public spaces, the implications of which are then discussed with author Susan Buckingham, whose research and publications address gender and environmental issues.
Cambridge Festival of Ideas: NOMADIC AND DIALOGIC: ART AND ECOFEMINISM
Friday 20 October, 2017: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Murray Edwards College, New Hall Collection, Huntingdon Road, CB3 0DF
More details of the event here.
Understanding Climate Change through Gender Relations, edited by Susan Buckingham and Virginie Le Masson is published by Routledge in May 2017.
More details on the 'Writing' page, or direct from Routledge here.
Routledge has expressed a real commitment to publishing on gender and environmental issues. As well as this book and the new book series below, Sherilyn MacGregor's Routledge Handbook on Gender and Environment and Marjorie Griffin Cohen's Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries are both published in May 2017. Check here for more details.
The WEN Forum/Break Free Coalition event: 'What's Gender got to do with Climate Change?'
I shared this panel with some amazing and committed women working in different ways to address the causes of climate change, and its impact on particularly the most vulnerable people in society. These were Juliet Davenport, CEO, Good Energy; Pia Hollenstein, Senior Women for Climate Protection, Switzerland; Tina Louise Rothery, The Nanas, UK Anti-Fracking Campaign; Ghalia Fayd, Programme Leader - Arab World Programme, Greenpeace Mediterranean. It was chaired by Dr Halima Began, Chair of WEN Trustees.
The link to my blog, and blogs by Ghalia Fayad and Pia Hollenstein, can be found here.