Towards Feminist Geographies of Livelihoods I: Agriculture and Rural Development

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Development Geographies Specialty Group, Feminist Geographies Specialty Group, Africa Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 33
Organizers: Ann Oberhauser, Jennifer Langill
Chairs: Ann Oberhauser


Livelihood approaches have proven valuable in driving human-centered analyses of poverty, development, and the means and agency with which people create their living. However, most livelihoods frameworks are unable to capture the gendered dimensions and constraints essential for understanding gendered economies, spatial contexts, divisions of labour, and power inequities. Gender and social difference shape all aspects of livelihoods, from available assets and activity choices to access and livelihood outcomes. In this AAG organized session, we aim to develop feminist geographies of livelihoods that foreground multiple and interacting forms of social difference, how they shape livelihoods at the individual and household levels, and how they relate to space and place.

Drawing on feminist approaches to rural livelihoods, this session present empirically rich analyses from a diverse array of Global South locations, spanning Asia, Africa, and Latin America. While highlighting the centrality of context-specificities in producing gendered livelihoods, this session aims to highlight key themes in current feminist livelihoods research, contribute to empirical and methodological knowledge bases of gendered livelihoods, and illustrate the ability of livelihoods approaches to move beyond structural frameworks and capture power, difference, and gender.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Daniel Sumner*, Virginia Tech, Maria Elisa Chrsitie, Virginia Tech, Wondimagegnehu Mersie, Virginia State University, Labor, decision-making, livelihoods: Adapting to life with a toxic and invasive weed in a rural Ethiopian community 15 1:30 PM
Presenter Margaret Adesugba*, Newcastle University, Elizabeth Oughton, Newcastle University, Sally Shortall, Newcastle University, Gendered Livelihoods, Institutions and Generational Livelihood Continuity Paths among Rural Households in Nigeria. 15 1:45 PM
Presenter Matthew Lorenzen*, Institute of Geography, UNAM, Fátima Martínez Reyes*, Institute of Geography, UNAM, Rural women’s livelihood strategies in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico’s Mixteca Alta region 15 2:00 PM
Presenter Chukwudi Charles Olumba*, Department of Agricultural Economics, Management and Extension, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria, Cynthia Nneka Olumba, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Newcastle University, United Kingdom, Household Headship Structure and the Adoption of Climate Smart Agricultural Practices: Evidence from Nigeria 15 2:15 PM
Presenter Ann Oberhauser*, Iowa State University, (Re)Imagining Transformative Livelihoods through Feminist Geographies 15 2:30 PM

To access contact information login