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Engendering Climate Change: The Swedish Experience of a Global Citizens Consultation
Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, Nordregio, Stockholm, Sweden .
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, ISSN 1523-908X, E-ISSN 1522-7200, Vol. 16, no 2, 161-181 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research on gender dimensions of climate change response is needed if we are to succeed in providing decision-makers with a relevant scientific basis for climate change policy. Although action at the municipal level has become a high priority for Swedish climate change response, knowledge of how gender perspectives affect that response is scarce. This paper contributes knowledge of how to integrate a gender perspective in planning for climate change response, through the modification and application of a system of gender categorization that was originally developed for evaluating the World Bank's performance of environmental impact assessments. That system is used, in this paper, to analyse the Swedish component of a global citizen consultation, World Wide Views on Global Warming. The research is based on analysis of our participation in the World Wide Views as well as interviews and documentation. A conclusion from our analysis is that the Swedish part of the citizen consultation was driven by an approach that, according to the system of gender categorization, strongly demonstrated both feminine and masculine attributes. The results show that an approach that incorporates not only masculine attributes, but also feminine ones, is likely to generate a more robust and concrete climate change response.

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2014. Vol. 16, no 2, 161-181 p.
Keyword [en]
Gender, climate change, planning
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-141205DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2013.824379ISI: 000338010500002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84902504755OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-141205DiVA: diva2:695769
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QC 20140618

Available from: 2014-02-12 Created: 2014-02-12 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Engendering Spatial Planning: A Gender Perspective on Municipal Climate Change Response
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Engendering Spatial Planning: A Gender Perspective on Municipal Climate Change Response
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

While climate change mitigation has been on the agenda of spatial planning practitioners for over two decades, adaptation has only become influential in spatial planning practice in recent years. This trend is evident not only at the municipal levelbut also at the regional and national levels. The revised planning and building law from 2011 states that municipalities must consider climate change. In parallel, a body of research focusing on the relationship between gender and concern for environmental and climate change and arguing that women are more concerned and proactive with respect to environmental issues has emerged. However, this research has been criticized for being essentialist and for stigmatizing women and men. The long-term aim of the present dissertation is to contribute to knowledge on how a gender perspective on municipal spatial planning can contribute to efficient and well-informed climate change response, as well as on how a gender perspective, as an analytical framework, can be developed to analyze, on the one hand, spatial planning related to climate change and, on the other, spatial planning more generally. One of the main contributions of my dissertation is to demonstrate that, by including a gender perspective in municipal climate change response, aspects that may be important for achieving efficient and well-informed spatial planning related to climate change response that are not typically prioritized can be afforded prominent places on the agenda. In this dissertation, I refer to these aspects as feminine values and perspectives—or attributes. I also contribute to the development of an analytical framework that can be used by policy makers and scientists to assess how a gender perspective is and can be integrated within municipal spatial planning processes related to climate change response, as well as spatial planning more generally. Furthermore, in addition to the development of efficient and well-informed responses, a dimension of gender equality must be considered. My dissertation contributes to the understanding that planners who adopt a gender perspective must consider the general level of gender equality in a country. Although the primary objective of this dissertation is to contribute to the development of efficient and well-informed policy, issues of equality and democracy cannot be overlooked. As I argue in my dissertation, participatory approaches to spatial planning are imperative for municipal efforts related to climate change. Nonetheless, participatory approaches require spatial planners to ensure that democracy and equality, on the one hand, and efficient and well-informed policy delivery, on the other, do not conflict.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. 68 p.
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TRITA-SOM, ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2013:14
Keyword
Spatial planning, climate change, gender perspective
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-141206 (URN)978-91-7501-902-4 (ISBN)
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2014-03-28, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
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QC 20140214

Available from: 2014-02-14 Created: 2014-02-12 Last updated: 2014-02-14Bibliographically approved

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