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dc.creatorLawless, S.en_US
dc.creatorCohen, P.J.en_US
dc.creatorMcDougall, C.en_US
dc.creatorMangubhai, S.en_US
dc.creatorSong, A.en_US
dc.creatorMorrison, T.en_US
dc.identifier.citationSarah Lawless, Philippa J. Cohen, Cynthia McDougall, Sangeeta Mangubhai, Andrew M. Song, Tiffany H. Morrison, Tinker, tailor or transform: Gender equality amidst social-ecological change, Global Environmental Change, Volume 72, 2022, 102434, ISSN 0959-3780,
dc.description.abstractGlobal visions of environmental change consider gender equality to be a foundation of sustainable social-ecological systems. Similarly, social-ecological systems frameworks position gender equality as both a precursor to, and a product of, system sustainability. Yet, the degree to which gender equality is being advanced through social-ecological systems change is uncertain. We use the case of small-scale fisheries in the Pacific Islands region to explore the proposition that different social-ecological narratives: (1) ecological, (2) social-ecological, and (3) social, shape the gender equality priorities, intentions and impacts of implementing organizations. We conducted interviews with regional and national fisheries experts (n = 71) and analyzed gender commitments made within policies (n = 29) that influence small-scale fisheries. To explore these data, we developed a ‘Tinker-Tailor-Transform’ gender assessment typology. We find that implementing organizations aligned with the social-ecological and social narratives considered social (i.e., human-centric) goals to be equally or more important than ecological (i.e., eco-centric) goals. Yet in action, gender equality was pursued instrumentally to achieve ecological goals and/or shallow project performance targets. These results highlight that although commitments to gender equality were common, when operationalized commitments become diluted and reoriented. Across all three narratives, organizations mostly ‘Tinkered’ with gender equality in impact, for example, including more women in spaces that otherwise tended to be dominated by men. Impacts predominately focused on the individual (i.e., changing women) rather than driving communal-to-societal level change. We discuss three interrelated opportunities for organizations in applying the ‘Tinker-Tailor-Transform’ assessment typology, including its utility to assist organizations to orient toward intrinsic goals; challenge or reconfigure system attributes that perpetuate gender inequalities; and consciously interrogate discursive positions and beliefs to unsettle habituated policies, initiatives and theories of change.en_US
dc.sourceGlobal Environmental Change;72,(2021)en_US
dc.subjectenvironmental governanceen_US
dc.titleTinker, tailor or transform: Gender equality amidst social-ecological changeen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.coverage.countrySolomon Islandsen_US
cg.subject.agrovocpacific islandsen_US
cg.subject.agrovocsmall-scale fisheriesen_US
cg.contributor.affiliationStockholm Environment Instituteen_US
cg.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Tasmaniaen_US
cg.contributor.affiliationWildlife Conservation Societyen_US
cg.contributor.affiliationJames Cook University, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studiesen_US
cg.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Technology Sydneyen_US
cg.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Tasmania, Center for Marine Socioecologyen_US
cg.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US
cg.identifier.ISIindexedISI indexeden_US
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorCohen, P.J.en_US
cg.description.themeResilient small-scale fisheriesen_US
cg.creator.idPhilippa Jane Cohen: 0000-0002-9987-1943en_US
cg.creator.idCynthia McDougall: 0000-0002-5606-6813en_US

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