Bringing analysis of gender and social–ecological resilience together in small-scale fisheries research: Challenges and opportunities

Nozomi Kawarazuka, Catherine Locke, Cynthia McDougall, Paula Kantor, Miranda Morgan

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The demand for gender analysis is now increasingly orthodox in natural resource programming, including that for small-scale fisheries. Whilst the analysis of social–ecological resilience has made valuable contributions to integrating social dimensions into research and policy-making on natural resource management, it has so far demonstrated limited success in effectively integrating considerations of gender equity. This paper reviews the challenges in, and opportunities for, bringing a gender analysis together with social–ecological resilience analysis in the context of small-scale fisheries research in developing countries. We conclude that rather than searching for a single unifying framework for gender and resilience analysis, it will be more effective to pursue a plural solution in which closer engagement is fostered between analysis of gender and social-ecological resilience whilst preserving the strengths of each approach. This approach can make an important contribution to developing a better evidence base for small-scale fisheries management and policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-203
Issue number2
Early online date10 Sep 2016
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


  • Gender
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Small-scale fisheries
  • Social–ecological resilience

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