Well-being, Ecology, Gender and cOmmunity – Innovation Training Network (WEGO-ITN)
As the first international feminist political ecology research network of its kind, WEGO-ITN aspires to tackle socio-ecological challenges linked to policy agendas. This innovative and path-breaking project will help local communities to build resilient, equitable and sustainable futures. The goal of WEGO-ITN is to provide research that will demonstrate to policy makers how communities actively sustain and care for their environment and community well-being. Ultimately, WEGO will collectively provide important guides to strategies of resilience and sustainability that are required for meeting the SDGs.
With funding by the European Union the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska – Curie, WEGO-ITN is made up of 20 institutions. It will host 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) creating the first European ITN on Feminist Political Ecology (FPE).
WEGO-ITN is made up of scholar-activists working on feminist political ecology from ten institutions in five European Union countries: Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom and ten institutions from eight countries for training and secondments: Australia, India, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Uruguay and USA.
The ESRs will be hosted at:
- The International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS) (Coordinating Institute);
- Freie University Berlin (FUB);
- Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB);
- Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University (IDS);
- Pangea Foundation (PF);
- University of Oslo (UiO);
- University of Brighton (UofB);
- University of Passau (UPAS);
- IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft (IHE) and
- Wageningen University (WU).
ESR Secondments will be at:
- University of Auckland (UOA)
- Western Sydney University (WSU)
- University of Vermont (UVM)
- Defensoria del Vecino de Montevideo (DVM)
- Island Institute (II)
- Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM)
- Associazione Culturale Punti di Vista (PDV)
- Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
- Centre for Social Studies-University of Coimbra (CES-UC)
- Swarthmore College (SC)
From 2018-2022 WEGO-ITN will develop a shared research and training agenda in order to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary social environmental scientists on feminist political ecology in Europe. The network will look in detail at local communities’ coping strategies to build resilient, equitable and sustainable futures and how they link to global sustainable development policies. The research will focus on diverse economic and ecological practices that create new forms of gender relations, livelihoods and care activities, in response to growing lack of resilience of the economy and ecosystem.
On March 8th 2018 students, staff and policy makers from around the Netherlands joined international guests from Uruguay, Norway, UK, USA, Germany, France, Italy and Australia in launching this innovative research project.
The project runs from 1 January 2018 to 31 January 2022