The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment gathers together state-of-the-art theoretical reflections and empirical research from leading researchers and practitioners working in this transdisciplinary and transnational academic field. Over the course of the book, these contributors provide critical analyses of the gender dimensions of a wide range of timely and challenging topics, from sustainable development and climate change politics, to queer ecology and interspecies ethics in the so-called Anthropocene.

Presenting a comprehensive overview of the development of the field from early political critiques of the male domination of women and nature in the 1980s to the sophisticated intersectional and inclusive analyses of the present, the volume is divided into four parts:

  • Part I: Foundations
  • Part II: Approaches
  • Part III: Politics, policy and practice
  • Part IV: Futures.

Comprising chapters written by forty contributors with different perspectives and working in a wide range of research contexts around the world, this Handbook will serve as a vital resource for scholars, students, and practitioners in environmental studies, gender studies, human geography, and the environmental humanities and social sciences more broadly.

chapter |24 pages

Gender and Environment

An introduction

part I|105 pages


chapter 2|11 pages

The Death of Nature

Foundations of ecological feminist thought

chapter 3|17 pages

The Dilemma of Dualism

chapter 4|15 pages

Gender and Environment in the Global South

From ‘women, environment, and development’ to feminist political ecology

chapter 5|15 pages

Ecofeminist Political Economy

A green and feminist agenda

part II|156 pages


chapter 8|13 pages

Gender, Livelihoods, and Sustainability

Anthropological research

chapter 9|13 pages

Gender’s Critical Edge

Feminist political ecology, postcolonial intersectionality, and the coupling of race and gender

chapter 10|10 pages

Gender and Environmental Justice

chapter 11|17 pages

Gender Differences in Environmental Concern

Sociological explanations

chapter 12|16 pages

Social Ecology

A transdisciplinary approach to gender and environment research

chapter 13|14 pages

Gender and Environmental (In)security

From climate conflict to ecosystem instability

chapter 15|10 pages

Feminism and Biopolitics

A cyborg account

chapter 17|17 pages

Transgender Environments

chapter 18|17 pages

A Fruitless Endeavour

Confronting the heteronormativity of environmentalism

part III|143 pages

Politics, policy, and practice

chapter 20|14 pages

Gender Politics in Green Parties

chapter 21|13 pages

Good Green Jobs for Whom?

A feminist critique of the green economy

chapter 23|12 pages

Sexual Stewardship

Environment, development, and the gendered politics of population

chapter 25|12 pages

Whose Debt for Whose Nature?

Gender and nature in neoliberalism’s war against subsistence

chapter 27|14 pages

Changing the Climate of Participation

The gender constituency in the global climate change regime

chapter 28|18 pages

Planning for Climate Change

REDD+SES as gender-responsive environmental action

part IV|75 pages


chapter 29|14 pages

Pragmatic Utopias

Intentional gender-democratic and sustainable communities

chapter 30|17 pages

Feminist Futures and ‘Other Worlds’

Ecologies of critical spatial practice

chapter 31|9 pages

Orca Intimacies and Environmental Slow Death

Earthling ethics for a claustrophobic world

chapter 33|19 pages

Welcome to the White (M)Anthropocene?

A feminist-environmentalist critique