Scanning the internet for key words and information on discussions focusing on gender and climate change elicits critical information on topics influencing public opinion and, thus, policy agendas. The idea that social media has the potential to influence policies regarding gender and sustainability emerged as the main take home message of Dr. Ulrike Gretzel’s talk last Tuesday as part of a Women, Population and Environment speaker series.
Dr. Gretzel presented research on social media’s role in discussions surrounding the gender and climate change debate, as well as the differences between social media and mainstream media’s discourse on the topic. She also discussed the preliminary results for a study regarding people’s perceptions on the unique challenges and contributions women face as leaders in the sustainable development movement. The Global Women Scholars Network hopes to use this data to help inform future research and mentoring opportunities for women and men working at the intersection of gender issues in sustainability.
For a the full video of Dr. Gretzel’s presentation, please visit the GWSN YouTube page at http://youtu.be/eEAjgJ4fH3k, OR click the following link for the Powerpoint presentation: Climate Change and Gender
The Women, Population and Environment speaker series is sponsored by the following: