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Afternoon plenary

From Low to High Gear: How Including Gender Can Rev-up the Debates About Climate Change and Counter-Austerity Policies


November 19, 2016 at 1pm - 2:15pm


Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex (ETLC), University of Alberta
with Marjorie Cohen

Two major issues for the future are dealing with climate change and meeting the real needs of people. This talk will show how "austerity" policies both damage the economy and allow limited spaces for dealing with climate change, even among progressive groups. The intent will be to show how including a gendered analysis of the problems of both climate change and the economy means that different kinds of solutions can be envisioned.

Marjorie Cohen is an economist and professor emeritus of political science and gender, sexuality and women’s studies at Simon Fraser University. She has written extensively in the areas of political economy and public policy with emphasis on women, labour, energy, climate change, and international trade agreements. Her book Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries: Work Public Policy and Action will be available in 2017. She was instrumental in founding the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' BC Office and was awarded the John Kenneth Galbraith Prize in Economics and Social Justice.