New book sets out current debates in feminist political ecologies

Announcing the latest release, Contours of Feminist Political Ecology

In the new book, Contours of Feminist Political Ecology (Palgrave MacMillan), feminist scholar-activists explore conversations within the evolving field of Feminist Political Ecology (FPE) coming out of the recently concluded EU Horizon 2020 project, Well-being, Ecology, Gender and cOmmunity (WEGO), funded by the Marie Sklodowska Curie grant.

The book is co-edited by ISS Professor Wendy Harcourt, Dr Ana Agostino (University CLAEH), Professor Rebecca Elmhirst (University of Brighton), Marlene Gómez (Freie Universität Berlin) and Dr Panagiota Kotsila (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). In addition, select chapters are co-written by ISS researchers Dr Agustina Solera, Milja Fenger, Constance Dupuis and Lillian Sol Cueva. Readers can enjoy the book free with unlimited access through Springer Link or purchase a hard or softcover copy for their collection. 


Contours of Feminist Political Ecology sets out how feminist theory and practice shape political ecology debates. The book uses innovative methodologies which emerged from the WEGO international network's global activities in the last four years. Each chapter highlights conversations with local communities, social movements, and varied academic spaces on topics ranging from climate change and extractivism to body politics and health, degrowth, care, population and community well-being.

Readers are offered reflections on the authors' collective learning process as they map out new areas of FPE research and analysis. The book foregrounds the ethics of doing feminist work inside and outside academia through reflexive research that addresses the dynamics of historical and contemporary forms of power relations.

Since its release, the book has garnered nearly 7,000 downloads. In addition, co-editor Professor Wendy Harcourt's announcement of the book on Twitter amassed 24,000 views. The latest release follows the success of WEGO's recent publication in April 2022, Feminist Methodologies, which was downloaded 80,000 times.

The Well-being, Ecology, Gender, cOmmunities (WEGO-ITN) international network

The WEGO-ITN network brings together international scholar-activists across seventeen institutions that examined how gender and well-being are crucially linked to socio-ecological challenges like climate change and development. The network was formed as part of a four-year project hosted at ISS that concluded in 2022. Currently, you can follow the network's activities through the official WEGO website, Twitter and YouTube channel.

WEGO was funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant (agreement No. 764908-WEGO 2018-2021).

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Download or purchase Contours of Feminist Political Ecology

Available for free download or purchase a hard or soft copy through Springer Link.

Gender, Development and Social Change book series

The Gender, Development and Social Change series brings together pathbreaking writing from gender scholars and activist researchers who are engaged in development as a process of transformation and change. The series pinpoints where gender and development analysis and practice are creating major ‘change moments’. More information about this series.

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