I am one of the founder members of Friends of the Cam which seeks to protect the Cam and its tributaries from over abstraction and pollution. The Cam is part of a rare and precious chalk stream network, one of the most ecologically rich environments in the world. 85% of the world's chalk streams are in SE England, an area vulnerable to reckless development which is also contributing to the climate and biodiversity emergencies. Our declaration of the rights of the Cam is set within the broader context of arguing for the rights of nature to be recognised.
World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden - Empowering Women for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
From January 2020, I am the External Collaborator providing gender expertise for developing a strategy and action plan, and advising PhDs and a post doc researching ways of empowering women in ocean science. For more details see here.
Consultancy work on International Seabed Authority Women in Deep Sea Research Project (for CarolAnne Black Consultancy 2021/2)
European Commission - Expert evaluator
In October 2020 I had my first experience of being a project evaluator for EC research and innovation proposals. As someone who has worked on gender equality issues in a number of EU funded projects and networks as well as on UN and British Council projects, it was interesting to see how gender is treated and embedded as a cross-cutting theme. Plenty of work still to be done.
EIGE Beijing +25
I was an expert reviewer of Section K on the environment for this report which critically reviewed progress on the Platform's agreed objectives. On women's involvement in climate and other environment policy, progress has been slow. Read the full report here, where the report in Section K can also be found.
Although the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) was established 25 years ago, many of the challenges identified in 1995 remain relevant today (such as the gender pay gap, unequal distribution of unpaid work or experiences of gender-based violence, to name just a few). This report both tracks progress against these long-standing challenges and goes beyond them to assess new challenges that have emerged in recent years, including those brought by digitalisation, recent migration flows and a mounting backlash against gender equality.
I was on the Advisory Board of this project which ran from 2016-2020
Baltic Gender is an EU-funded project that brings together eight scientific institutions in five countries around the Baltic Sea to work on reducing gender inequalities in Marine Science and Technology. The project was funded by the HORIZON 2020 programme under the call for promoting “Gender Equality in Research and Innovation” and the topic of “Support to research organisations to implement gender equality plans” (GERI-4-2015).
For results and publications please see here.
URBAN-WASTE – Urban Strategies for Waste Management in Tourist Cities
I was the gender consultant on this European Union Horizon 2020 research project 2016 - 2019.
The URBAN WASTE project aims to help develop strategies aimed at reducing the amount of municipal waste production as well as strategies to further develop re-use, recycling, collection and disposal of waste. In doing so URBAN-WASTE will adopt and apply the urban metabolism approach to support the switch to a circular model where waste is considered as resource and reintegrated in the urban flow.
The project will develop eco-innovative and gender-sensitive waste prevention and management strategies in cities with high levels of tourism in order to reduce the urban waste production and improve municipal waste management. These strategies will facilitate the reintroduction of waste as a resource into the urban metabolism flows and address waste management, risk prevention and land-use as an integral part of urban development.
For further details please see here.
European Union COST Action: Gender Equality in Science Technology and the Environment.
This project finished in 2016. Please see here for details.
Photograph: Anne Alix le Maignan
Photograph: U Turn CREATE project
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