WEGO-ITN is contributing to the political ecology, feminist studies, human geography, anthropology, and development studies’ understanding of extractivism, commoning, care, communities, livelihoods, embodied subjectivities and resistance to development. WEGO-ITN is building a grounded understanding of feminist political ecology looking how everyday practices of social difference, environmental change and political economies cross scales and shape global processes in the different ESR projects. WEGO-ITN findings are distributed through academic panels and workshops in political ecology, feminist studies, geography and development studies. Open access publication are planned with a ‘Handbook on Feminist Political Ecology’ by Routledge in 2021 and a special section of the Journal of Peasant Studies in 2022. WEGO reaches a wider public through the WEGO-ITN website and Undisciplined Environment blogs and partners’ networks and by contributing to local campaigns around gender and labour rights, food sovereignty, well-being and rights to health and clean water. WEGO-ITN is developing pedagogical tools in summer schools, E-learning modules and on-line Resources on FPE. WEGO-ITN is also actively engaged in civil society and advocacy bringing FPE perspectives to community economies and degrowth. WEGO-ITN takes a decentralised ‘rooted networks’ approach developing its outputs, rather than this being heavily centralised and didactic, our ethics and approach commit us to fostering and expanding new networks by seeding FPE learning in multiple sites.
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 six 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 are 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 are 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)
The project runs from 1 January 2018 to 31 January 2022