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Towards a gender equal and sustainable wildlife management

Research project How are gender and gender equality understood as social dimensions of wildlife management? How can notions of gender and equality contribute to dealing with challenges in wildlife management, such as conflicts of interest, an aging hunting community and the effective implementation of wildlife management strategies?

This project aims to deepen knowledge about gender aspects and conditions for gender equality in Swedish wildlife management, and thereby contribute to a more inclusive wildlife management. The ambition is to contribute with in-depth knowledge of gender, gender equality and organization - regarding wildlife management in particular and in male-dominated organizations in general.

Head of project

Maria Johansson
Associate professor

Project overview

Project period:

2022-01-01 2024-06-30

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Education

Research area


External funding

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

Project description

Wildlife management today is a gender-segregated practice with clear intertwining with men and masculinity. Previous research on gender and gender equality in natural resource management shows that men are primarily understood as carriers of knowledge, which to a large extent affects women's opportunities to take a place in natural resource management. Research from other male-dominated contexts has also identified that inequality gives rise to several different types of challenges - for example, it can impede business development, organizational learning and innovation, provide a breeding ground for discrimination and harassment and an obstacle to joint (and sustainable) resource management.

Projects therefore aim to increase knowledge about gender, gender equality and organization - regarding natural resource management in particular and male-dominated organizations in general - as well as a better understanding of the potential for successful gender equality initiatives in this context. The ambition is for the project to contribute to joint learning processes between academia and practice and thereby contribute to relevant and useful knowledge about the conditions for increased gender equality in wildlife management.

External funding

Latest update: 2022-03-10