Gender Discourses

How policy actors talk, write and portray gender can have important implications for empowerment and well-being of diverse groups of women and men. Gender in the development discourses of government agencies, and even environmental NGOs, for example, often assume all women (and men) are alike, ignoring critical issues of ethnicity and class.  At the same imagery and rhetoric often reinforce existing gender inequalities even as they seem to describe division of labor and inequalities in the distribution of benefits, burdens and risks.  Thus, we have found it valuable to scrutinize public discourse for how gender is represented, to identify who is included and excluded, and who benefits or empowered by such treatment.

Selected Publications

  • Making space for women: Civil Society Organizations, Gender and Hydropower Development in the Mekong Region (In press)
  • Gender and the management of climate-related risks in Northern Thailand (Abstract)
  • Gender Relations and Water Management in Different Eco-Cultural Contexts in Northern Thailand (Abstract)
  • Women Farm Fish: Gender and Commercial Fish Cage Culture on the Upper Ping River, Northern Thailand (Abstract)