Episode 9: Ecofeminism and Queer Ecology

Ecofeminism is a critical lens that focuses on the many ways that gender shapes how people see and treat nature as well as people's interactions with their environments. Queer ecology disrupts prevailing heterosexist understandings of gender, sexuality and nature. In this episode, Dr. Catriona Sandilands and Dr. Sherilyn McGregor share with us the ways in which insights from these diverse fields serve to expand and deepen how we look at the policies and day-to-day practices of environmental politics.


Dr. Cate Sandilands
Professor of Environmental Arts and Justice, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University

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Dr Sherilyn MacGregor
Reader in Environmental Politics, University of Manchester

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Peter Andrée
Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University

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Dr. Cate Sandilands

Catriona (Cate) Sandilands is Professor of Environmental Arts and Justice in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University, where she teaches and writes in the Environmental Humanities. She is the author of over 80 scholarly and popular articles and chapters on environmental literatures, histories, cultures, and politics, and past president of both the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC) and the Association for Literature ad Environment (ASLE). She is well known for her  writing on ecofeminism and queer ecologies, especially her book The Good-Natured Feminist: Ecofeminism and Democracy (Minnesota, 1999) and co-edited volume Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire (with Bruce Erickson, Indiana, 2010). Her most recent book is an edited collection of "small" climate stories, poems, and essays, Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate-Changing Times (Caitlin, 2019), see also www.storyingclimatechange.com.

Dr. Sherilyn MacGregor

Sherilyn MacGregor is a Professor in the Department of Politics and the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester. After completing a PhD in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, she immigrated to the UK and has taught environmental politics there since 2006. Her research focusses on interconnections between feminist and green politics and between (un)sustainability and social (in)justice. Dr MacGregor’s two most recent projects explore connections between climate change and care work (funded by Oxfam USA) and how environmental knowledge and everyday practices change (or don’t) when people migrate to UK cities from Global South contexts (funded by the Leverhulme Trust). Publications include Beyond Mothering Earth: Ecological Citizenship and the Politics of Care (UBC Press 2006), Environment and Politics 4th Edition (Routledge 2015), The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment (Routledge 2017); she is also an Editor of Environmental Politics journal.