Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Gender And Globalisation

 

The connections between gender and globalization are at the core of our research and teaching programme. Our research focuses on two approaches. Firstly, we analyse the impacts of global economic and social restructuring on women, men and gender relations in different societies with respect to both, urban and rural areas. Secondly, we study practices and policies that foster globalization, such as economic liberalisation, privatization as well as natural resource management, from a gender perspective. Our aim is to shed light on the implicit gender dimensions of globalization, accounting for the intersectionality of gender with other structural stratifying categories.

Our research team comprises areas of specialization such as: resource politics (esp. water management), migration, macroeconomic and trade policies, socio-economic and socio-cultural dimensions of rural development, spatial planning, food sovereignty and meal cultures, global governance and transnational feminisms. Read more about our research topics here.

 

Current Research Project:

PLATEFORMS

 

PLATEFORMS is an international research project funded within the European SusFood2 network and consisting of 5 members located in Germany, Sweden, Norway and Italy.

 

PLATEFORMS aims to produce in-depth knowledge on how food practices are affected by socio-technical innovations in food provisioning platforms, and communicate success stories of sustainability to platform owners and policy makers. In recent years, we have seen an increase in the range of food provisioning platforms available to consumers. Each platform presents consumers with a unique choice architecture. These emerge from both e-commerce development and consumer-driven food provisioning. Little is known about the impact of these new platforms on food choices, or to what degree they represent new opportunities to promote sustainable food practices.

 

The project takes a socio-technical practice approach, seeing consumption in all its phases of planning, provisioning, storing, cooking, eating, and disposing – driven by practices more than by individual choices. Since these practices are highly gendered, especially the responsibility for care work, a gendered perspective will be central.