Climate change is at the forefront of ideas about public policy, the economy and labour issues. However, the gendered dimensions of climate change and the public policy issues associated with it in wealthy nations are much less understood.

Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries covers a wide range of issues dealing with work and working life. The book demonstrates the gendered distinctions in both experiences of climate change and the ways that public policy deals with it. The book draws on case studies from the UK, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Spain and the US to address key issues such as: how gendered distinctions affect the most vulnerable; paid and unpaid work; and activism on climate change. It is argued that including gender as part of the analysis will lead to more equitable and stronger societies as solutions to climate change advance.

This volume will be of great relevance to students, scholars, trade unionists and international organisations with an interest in climate change, gender, public policy and environmental studies.

part I|51 pages

Context and overview

chapter 1|16 pages


Why gender matters when dealing with climate change

chapter 2|16 pages

Masculinities of Global Climate Change

Exploring ecomodern, industrial and ecological masculinity

chapter 3|17 pages

It’s Not Just The Numbers

Challenging masculinist working practices in climate change decision-making in UK government and environmental non-governmental organizations

part II|78 pages

Challenges for paid and unpaid work

chapter 4|15 pages

Women and Low Energy Construction in Europe

A new opportunity?

chapter 5|17 pages

Renewable Inequity?

Women’s employment in clean energy in industrialized, emerging and developing economies

chapter 7|16 pages

Transporting Difference at Work

Taking gendered intersectionality seriously in climate change agendas

chapter 8|12 pages

The US example of Integrating Gender and Climate Change in Training

Response to the 2008–9 recession

part III|52 pages

Vulnerability, insecurity and work

chapter 9|17 pages

Gendered Outcomes in Post-Disaster Sites

Public policy and resource distribution

chapter 10|17 pages

Climate Change, Traditional Roles and Work

Interactions in the Inuit Nunangat

chapter 11|16 pages

Towards Humane Jobs

Recognizing gendered and multispecies intersections and possibilities

part IV|48 pages

Rural and resource communities