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6.08.01 - Gender research in forestry



Publication alert: The Earthscan Reader on Gender and Forests

Edited by Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Marlène Elias, Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, Susan Stevens Hummel. © 2017 – Routledge. 380 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

This book is a collection of classics in the field of gender and forests and is available free to developing country individuals from the Center for International Forestry Research in Bogor, Indonesia, Lima, Peru, and Nairobi, Kenya.  You can contact Bimbika Sijapati Basnett ( to arrange for a copy.  It can also be purchased by those in the global North from Amazon or

The book’s sister publication, published in 2016, Gender and Forests:  Climate Change, Tenure, Value Chains and Emerging Issues (London: Routledge/Earthscan, 2016), is now available free on CIFOR’s website (  This collection highlights recent work on the topics mentioned in the title, from tropical countries around the world.

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Purabi Bose, Sweden

About Unit

Our Working Party aims at developing and disseminating knowledge of how management and use of forest resources affect and are affected by gender, i.e. the social and cultural aspects of being man or woman and how we perceive ourselves individually and collectively. By introducing and exploring the concept of gender in a forest context, we seek to contribute to a better understanding of how resources, work, time, and power, are distributed in forestry in particular and in society in general.   The research interests and discussion themes in focus are how gender is constructed and negotiated in different parts of the forestry sector.  Research questions asked are e.g. ; How do informal and formal institutions influence men’s and women’s capacities to adapt to present and changing conditions e.g.  climate change? Are organizations that work with national and local communities on forestry issues gender sensitive? What impact has gender order within forestry on recruitment and professional development, management practices as well as on people’s perceptions and acceptance of the sector?