The Mary Fran Myers Award, 2019


Bernadette P. Resurrección

2019 Recipient of the Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award

For over twenty years, Bernadette P. Resurrección has researched gender issues in contexts of environmental change. In 1995, she explored deforestation and upland rice agriculture in Northern Luzon in the Philippines. Her research showed the dynamics of gender and forest resource politics as indigenous women and men transformed their traditional swidden farming systems to farm green revolution hybrid rice varieties in fragile environments already degraded by logging, erosion and frequent landslides. Her insights paved the way to further research in the Mekong Region on changing gender subjectivities, livelihood practices and power relations.

Bernadette took up teaching in Gender and Development Studies at the School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand after completing her doctoral studies at the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, the Netherlands.

During her 13 years at AIT, a vibrant hub of learning and research that attracted students from all over Asia, Bernadette designed cutting-edge courses on gender, environment and natural resource management. Her teaching modules on gender, climate change and disasters as well as mentoring doctoral and Masters students on these topics has supported the growth of many students in diverse contexts from Nepal and Bangladesh to Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Bernadette has continually been involved in designing and leading regional projects on gender and climate change adaptation and poverty-reducing bio-innovations in Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines. Together with like-minded researchers and practitioners in the region, she was one of the leading players in establishing a “Mekong water network” comprising 22 institutions known as the Mekong Programme on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-POWER). The network’s research and policy engagement efforts were aimed at democratizing water governance in the Mekong Region.

In 2012, after research in the Philippines on post-disaster gender and migration issues, she left AIT as Associate Professor and took up a full-time post as Senior Research Fellow with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Asia Center based in Bangkok where she continues to work at present. Bernadette continues to seek creative and inclusive ways to bridge the complexities of research on the ground with the contingencies of policy decision-making.

At SEI, Bernadette established the Gender, Environment & Development (GED) Research Cluster and co-leads the Gender, Social Equality and Poverty Programme across the institute. Her team collaborates with partners on various gendered themes such as disaster displacement, GIS and drought forecasting, gender-based violence in disaster contexts, climate change adaptation, mitigating climate change through energy transitions, as well as in natural resource management contributing to the analytical growth of feminist political ecology.

Bernadette is a prolific and well-known writer on gender and environment. She has authored scientific papers and co-edited a number of books in the general field of gender and sustainable development: Gender and Natural Resource Management: Livelihoods, Mobility and Interventions (2008; Earthscan-Routledge); Water Rights and Social Justice in the Mekong Region (2011; Earthscan-Routledge); Linking Bio-innovation with Poverty Alleviation: Evidence from Case Studies in Asia (2014, Sage); Gendered Entanglements: Re-visiting Gender in Rapidly Changing Asia (2015; Nordic Institute of Asian Studies).

Currently, she is leading the completion of a background paper on gender and climate change adaptation for the Flagship Report of the Global Commission on Adaptation. Together with Rebecca Elmhirst of Brighton University, she is co-authoring a feminist political ecology book (expected in 2020) on the troubling and triumphant times of gender professionals in environment and development knowledge organizations.

Previously: 2018 Mary Fran Myers Awardees - May maloney

May's selection acknowledges her leadership in promoting gender-sensitive and socially-inclusive humanitarian operations, especially her efforts in bringing greater visibility to sexual and gender-based violence during disasters and increasing participation of community members through community-based research. The establishment of Gender and Diversity in Disaster Response Networks in the Asia Pacific Region further illustrates the positive impacts she has made in the field of gender and disasters.


Call for Nominations

The Gender and Disaster Network and the Natural Hazards Center invite nominations of those who should be recognized for their efforts to advance gender-sensitive policy, practice, or research in the areas of disaster risk reduction. Read more

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