Towards Feminist Geographies of Livelihoods II: Policy and Institutional Management

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Feminist Geographies Specialty Group, Development Geographies Specialty Group
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Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM (PST)
Room: Virtual 33
Organizers: Jennifer Langill, Ann Oberhauser
Chairs: Ann Oberhauser


Organizers: Jennifer Langill (McGill University) and Ann Oberhauser (Iowa State University)

Livelihoods 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 livelihoods, this session seeks 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 Natalie Gordon*, University of Wyoming, Social Reproduction and Identity Politics of the Coca Leaf – A Bolivian Case Study 15 3:05 PM
Presenter Morgan Richards-Melamdir*, , Why Does Women’s Empowerment Need to be for Anything? Empowerment Instrumentalization and Livelihoods Strategies in World Bank Group Projects 15 3:20 PM
Presenter Amparo Gonzalez*, Manchester Metropolitan University, Public Policy Design for Rural Women Farmers Enabled by Social Innovation 15 3:35 PM
Presenter Maria Elisa Christie*, Virginia Tech, Daniel Mark Sumner, Virginia Tech, Hanh Tran Thi My, Southern Horticultural Research Institute (SOFRI), Vietnam, Truc Ngo Thi Thanh, Cần Thơ University, Vietnam, Tien Doan Huu, Southern Horticultural Research Institute (SOFRI), Vietnam, “Women are more worried about the money:” Gender-responsive, integrated pest management solutions in southern Vietnam 15 3:50 PM
Presenter Natalie Mallue*, , Women and Small Water Enterprises: A Case Study in Accra, Ghana 15 4:05 PM

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