This edited volume explores how a feminist political ecology framework can bring fresh insights to the study of rural and urban livelihoods dependent on vulnerable rivers, lakes, watersheds, wetlands and coastal environments. Bringing together political ecologists and feminist scholars from multiple disciplines, the book develops solution-oriented advances to theory, policy and planning to tackle the complexity of these global environmental changes.

Using applied research on the contemporary management of groundwater, springs, rivers, lakes, watersheds and coastal wetlands in Central and South Asia, Northern, Central and Southern Africa, and South and North America, the authors draw on a variety of methodological perspectives and new theoretical approaches to demonstrate the importance of considering multiple layers of social difference as produced by and central to the effective governance and local management of water resources.

This unique collection employs a unifying feminist political ecology framework that emphasizes the ways that gender interacts with other social and geographical locations of water resource users. In doing so, the book further questions the normative gender discourses that underlie policies and practices surrounding rural and urban water management and climate change, water pollution, large-scale development and dams, water for crop and livestock production and processing, resource knowledge and expertise, and critical livelihood studies.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of environmental studies, development studies, feminist and environmental geography, anthropology, sociology, environmental philosophy, public policy, planning, media studies, Latin American and other area studies, as well as women’s and gender studies.



A quarter century of knowledge and change: pushing feminism, politics, and ecology in new directions with feminist political ecology
ByLeila M. Harris

chapter 1|16 pages


Towards a feminist political ecology of women, global change, and vulnerable waterscapes
ByAnne-Marie Hanson, Stephanie Buechler

part I|79 pages

Feminist political ecology and large-scale water resource management

chapter 2|19 pages

Interrogating large-scale development and inequality in Lesotho

Bridging feminist political ecology, intersectionality, and environmental justice frameworks
ByYvonne A. Braun

chapter 3|20 pages

The silent (and gendered) violence

Understanding water access in mining areas
ByKuntala Lahiri-Dutt

chapter 4|19 pages

Urban water visibility in Los Angeles

Legibility and access for all
ByKathleen Kambic

chapter 5|20 pages

Advances and setbacks in women’s participation in water management in Brazil

ByAndrea Ferreira Jacques de Moraes

part II|64 pages

Women and innovative adaptation to global environmental change

part III|83 pages

Stories, narratives, and knowledge production of socio-environmental change

chapter 9|20 pages

Shoes in the seaweed and bottles on the beach

Global garbage and women’s oral histories of socio-environmental change in coastal Yucatán
ByAnne-Marie Hanson

chapter 10|21 pages

Storytelling water north of the future Héen Kas’él’ti Xoo 1 (among the ragged lakes)

Collaborative water research with Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Yukon Territory, Canada
ByEleanor Hayman, Mark Wedge, Aan Gooshú, Colleen James, Gooch Tláa

chapter 11|20 pages

Pamiri women and the melting glaciers of Tajikistan

A visual knowledge exchange for improved environmental governance
ByCitt Williams, Ivan Golovnev

chapter 12|20 pages


Advancing multi-disciplinary scholarship on gender, water, and environmental change through feminist political ecology
ByStephanie Buechler, Anne-Marie Hanson, Diana Liverman, Miriam Gay-Antaki