Gender and Sustainable Mountain
Development in a Changing World

International Conference
Thimphu, Bhutan
15-19 October 2012

Guidelines for submission of paper abstracts

Call for Paper Abstract: closed


ICIMOD is pleased to announce a call for papers for Bhutan +10: Gender and Sustainable Mountain Development in a Changing World. Hosted by the Bhutan Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and the National Commission for Women and Children, Bhutan, the international conference will be held in Thimphu, Bhutan from 15 to 19 October, at the Taj Tashi Hotel. The focus of the conference will be a comprehensive stock-taking on research and knowledge, as well as lessons learned, challenges, and opportunities for gender and sustainable mountain development in light of new and ongoing drivers of change. Bhutan+10 will bring together mountain women and men, researchers, policy makers, and development practitioners from the Hindu Kush Himalayan region and around the world. It is a global event of international significance and regional impact, and will conclude with a shared vision and strategic commitment for gender equitable and sustainable mountain development in a post-Rio+20 context. The conference will set new strategic agendas and chart new ways forward for gender-positive change, knowledge generation, and policies for gender and sustainable mountain development in a changing world. 

Call for Paper Abstracts

ICIMOD invites papers that focus on rigorous analyses integrating gender, sustainable development, and natural resource management issues in mountain contexts. Papers should be centred on any of the six themes of the conference as outlined below. They may emanate from various critical perspectives and fields of study – including but not limited to gender studies, women’s studies, anthropology, sociology, socioeconomics, political ecology, geography, development studies, governance, and environment studies – in the context of natural resource management and mountain development. We especially welcome papers focusing on the Hindu Kush Himalayas and other mountain contexts, as well as regionally focused comparative studies. 

Conference Themes and Key Guiding Questions

The focus of the conference is gender and sustainable mountain development in a changing world. Papers are expected to address some of the most urgent, emerging, and strategic questions pertaining to gender and natural resource management in mountain contexts. The following are some suggested questions centred on the six themes of the conference for consideration by potential paper authors:


Climate Change: Gender and Adaptation

  • What are key and emerging gendered adaptation practices, opportunities, and challenges for women and men in mountain contexts? 
  • What bearing do gender relations and issues have on processes of negotiation and contestation relating to climate change adaptation in the context of differential risks, vulnerabilities, and adaptive capacities? 
  • To what extent have local and national adaptation strategies, policies, plans, and institutions addressed gender needs, interests, and decision making? 


Livelihoods: Gender Inclusive and Equitable Sustainable Development

  • How have new drivers of change in mountain regions such as out-migration of men, ‘feminization’ of agriculture and natural resource management, environmental change, globalization, market expansion and commercialization of crops, changing patterns of land use, and rural development practices had different impacts on the livelihoods of men and women (e.g., gender division of labour, income generation, decision making, roles in social institutions)? 
  • How have these changes particularly affected gendered access to, ownership of, and control over critical assets and resources including land, natural resources, food, technology, leadership, training, credit, information, etc.? 
  • What key innovations have worked for enhancing women’s agency, empowerment, leadership, entrepreneurship, and knowledge on mountain natural resource management, reducing workloads, securing land and property rights, and increasing income generating opportunities, equitable access to markets and value chains, and roles in decision-making?


Governance: Gender-Responsive and Sensitive Policies and Plural Institutions

  • What governance good practices and challenges within customary and statutory institutions in mountain contexts ensure or hinder gender inclusiveness, responsiveness, effective participation, and representation of the interests, needs, voices, and rights of differently positioned men and women in policy making processes, outcomes, and day-to-day decision making in natural resource management? 
  • What are the various competing policy and development narratives and discourses regarding multiple issues of food security, energy, climate, and governance, and how have these shaped and been shaped by gender power relations?
  • What experiences, opportunities, and challenges exist for sharing, integrating, and synthesizing knowledge and experiences across various scales of governance, from customary, local, and sub-national to national, regional, and international, including transboundary natural resource management and regional cooperation?


Gender-Positive Change: Successes, Challenges, and Agenda-Setting for Gender Mainstreaming 

  • What challenges, constraints, and resistance are faced during gender-positive change processes, and what enabling factors (approaches, conceptual frameworks, methodologies, policies, strategies, steps/processes, best practices, and activities) are useful in overcoming them, integrating gender issues, analysis, and equity in natural resource management research, and bringing about gender-positive changes in organizational culture, policy discourse, and practices?
  • Why have many years of gender ‘mainstreaming’ failed to yield desired results, and to what reasons can the lack of traction or scaling up, failures, and/or back-sliding of such efforts be attributed?
  • What forward-looking strategies and rethinking are needed for gender-positive change in mountain regions that can challenge entrenched gendered behaviours, attitudes, values, disciplinary boundaries, policies, and unequal gender power relationships within diverse institutions and socio-cultural and political-economic contexts? 


Ecosystems and Landscapes: Gender-Positive Benefit Sharing, Access, and Equity in Diverse Environments, Landscapes, and Common Property Regimes 

  • How have existing natural resource management approaches, policies, strategies, practices, and institutional regimes undermined or supported the role of women and men in mountain ecosystem management, environmental/biodiversity conservation, and livelihoods (i.e., in terms of equitable access to, benefits from, and control over diverse ecosystem resources, services, and goods in mountain regions)? 
  • What innovations, impacts, gaps, barriers, major challenges, and ways forward exist for gender-inclusive, equitable, and sustainable ecosystem management systems under different resource management strategies and approaches (e.g., community-based forestry, shifting cultivation, home gardens, buffer zone management, rangelands, wetlands, and watershed and biodiversity conservation?
  • To what extent has the role of gendered indigenous knowledge and gender strategies for sustainable and culturally appropriate conservation practices been taken into account in development initiatives and discourses (i.e. PES, REDD+, etc.)?


Water: Gender Equitable Access, Control, and Benefits of Water Resources and Management

  • What practices, policies, approaches, strategies, and programmes of water resource management support or limit gender equitable access to, control over, and benefits of water resource use and management? How do the existing social relations of gender and power interface with the use and management of water resources by women and men living in upstream and downstream mountain landscapes? 
  • How do privatization and commoditization of water differently affect men and women, especially in the use of and decision making about the resources? 
  • How gender sensitive, participatory, and culturally appropriate are current water-related policies and statutory and regulatory frameworks at regional, national, and local scales?

Instructions for Abstracts: Competitive Call for Papers

The deadline for abstracts is Friday, 4 May 2012. Please follow the link provided to submit an abstract:

Abstracts must be in English and must be not more than 250 words in length. Papers must focus within the six themes of the conference, must be focused on gender and sustainable mountain development, and must include evidence-based results. All abstracts submitted will be evaluated by a senior Scientific Advisory Committee. Because of limited space, the submission of an abstract does not guarantee participation. The author of the abstract (or one lead author in the case of co-authors) will be notified directly by end July 2012 on the decision to include her or his paper at Bhutan+10. Invited authors will be contacted directly regarding formats and submission deadlines. It will not be possible to answer individual queries on the status of abstracts.  

Some papers submitted at the conference will be selected for publication.

Travel Grants

Depending on funding availability, travel grants may be available to enable the participation of presenters, especially those from the South. Please indicate in the web-based application system whether you require travel support, full or partial. Note that there is no guarantee of travel assistance, and only those who are awarded travel grants will be contacted with further information.