Seema Arora-Jonsson

Seema Arora-Jonsson
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences | SLU

Ph.D.

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Introduction
At the center of my research and teaching interests is a critical engagement with theories of rural development, environmental governance and gender. I am working on three interrelated themes: New Rural Governance, Global Environmental Governance and Everyday Citizenship and the Role of Rural and Natural Resource Bureaucracies in Development. These themes are all shaped by the need to examine rural development in its specific and the particular situation, but in the context of wider transnational currents and relations. Questions of gender, race, ethnicity, class and geography are central to my analyses. Issues of research approach engage me a) the doing of the research - participatory research, ethics and b) analytically – analyzing environmental questions in a North-South perspective

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This chapter explores how the issue of democracy in environmental governance is often dealt with in a transnational and more specifically, North-South perspective, by analyzing Swedish policy-making on the environment. I contrast Swedish environmental policy-making in international development aid with environmental policy-making within Sweden to s...
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Culture, that for long had been a neglected concept in resilience thinking, has gained prominence in recent times, especially in the notion of ecocultures/ecocultural resilience to be achieved through transdisciplinary projects. In this paper, I conceptualize the relation of science with society and culture that resilience scholars propose as part...
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Carbon markets are being promoted both by business and governments as a predominant way to address climate change. Critical scholarship on climate change has brought attention to their disappointing climate performance, for the social and geopolitical inequalities they engender and for distracting from the imperative of changing current extractivis...
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The Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030) have evoked optimism but have also been criticized for reproducing a universal template grounded in a western and neoliberal ideology. Identifying three strands of responses/critiques on the SDGs from a review of literature across several disciplines, I analyze what they have to say in the light of hi...
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The global care crisis is being exacerbated by the global climate emergency, with interlocking impacts that threaten lives and livelihoods in all parts of the world. These impacts are particularly severe among rural livelihoods in low-income countries. Climate change intensifies the work involved in caring for people, animals, plants, and places. I...
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The importance of gender-equality and of women’s work in relation to the environment are considered to be crucial questions for development in ‘third world’ rural societies. ‘Development’ and a certain standard of welfare make these issues appear to be less urgent in a wealthier country like Sweden. In this paper I trace some of the contradictions...
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Despite the academy’s commitment to the idea of meritocratic and fair principles in recruitments, promotions, student admissions and progress, gender segregation and gender inequalities continue to trouble universities worldwide. Through case-studies of two education programs at a Swedish university, we investigate how processes of formal merit, bo...
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The global care crisis is being exacerbated by the global climate emergency, with interlocking impacts that threaten lives and livelihoods in all parts of the world. These impacts are particularly severe among rural livelihoods in low-income countries. Climate change intensifies the work involved in caring for people, animals, plants, and places. I...
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In the rural inland of northern Sweden, three mining projects are making the future of the land uncertain. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, we show how these potential mining interventions create ‘open moments’, turbulent events that destabilizes established claims to land. We analyse how actors such as reindeer herders, indigenous groups, local an...
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We address two aspects of forest lives—violence and care—that are central to forest outcomes but often invisible in mainstream discussions on forests. We argue that questions of violence and care work in forests open up debates about what forests are, who defines them, and how. We draw primarily on feminist work on forestry, violence, and care to e...
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In this paper we present a situated analysis of the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the life of small-scale farmers and agricultural laborers in India, Algeria, and Morocco. We draw on data collected through phone interviews since April 2020. Inspired by feminist scholars, we analyze our findings thinking with-and entangling-the concepts o...
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Two long-term trends characterized the response to the influx of asylum seekers in rural Sweden in 2015. First, current integration policies with an increasing focus on the individual migrant, especially in relation to education, employment and housing, provided the framework for the response. Second, the shift of rural governance from state contro...
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COVID-19 and response measures have major economic implications, including for global value chains, and these implications are gendered. Consequently, unlike other chapters that are highly researched, this epilogue is a collective thought piece with our initial thoughts that might form the basis of future research. Large inequalities between women,...
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In this chapter, we take up the question of gender mainstreaming with an eye to how it has been undertaken in the global North and South, the obvious connections in the ways in which it is conceived in transnational spaces and institutions, but also some interesting disjunctures that make themselves apparent when seen in a North–South perspective.A...
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Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and People - edited by Pia Katila December 2019
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Forestry cannot be thought of in isolation from its relations with other sectors and other parts of people’s lives – for both the health of the forests and the well-being of forest peoples. • Forest governance and everyday management are upheld by a superstructure of gendered forest relations – invisible to mainstream forestry – that often disadvan...
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This chapter assesses the implications of UN SDG 16: ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’ for both forests and people. Particular focus is placed on three thematic areas: 1) peace and the reduction of armed conflict, 2) the rule of law, accountability, transparency, and access to justice and 3) inclusiveness and participation. Conflict is widel...
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The notion of the sovereign nation state and the meaning of citizenship - concepts taken for granted in policy and management for environmental governance are under attack by two seemingly incongruous forces. A rapidly increasing demand for natural resources links what were earlier remote rural areas to global commodity markets as the state extends...
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Environmental organizations play an important role in mainstream debates on nature and in shaping our environments. At a time when environmental NGOs are turning to questions of gender-equality and ethnic diversity, we analyze their possibilities to do so. We argue that attempts at ethnic and cultural diversity in environmental organizations cannot...
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This is a pre print of a chapter in an the Swedish Participatory Action Research Community (SPARC) anthology.
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I kölvattnet av den senaste flyktingvågen hoppades många landsbygdskommuner att flyktingarnas placering i landsbygdsområden skulle kunna vara lösningen för den avfolkningen som har hemsökt landsbygden i flera årtionden. I den knappa forskning som finns om invandring till landsbygdsområden i Sverige har några forskare uppmärksammat den potentiella v...
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Gender experts are being recruited and gender routinized in the everyday work of international environmental organizations today. To what extent do these changes open up spaces for reorienting sustainability debates in terms of normative commitments to promoting gender equality and justice? We explore this question by studying how gender is done in...
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Policymakers and natural resource managers are increasingly recognizing the importance of broader geographic and gender participation in assessing climate vulnerability and developing effective adaptation policies. When such participation is limited, climate mitigation and adaptation polices may miss key opportunities to support vulnerable communit...
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Questions of equity, gender, power and rights are central to environmental justice in climate mitigation schemes such as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation). This article examines how two organisations have attempted to bring a political concept such as gender into the largely technical discourse of climate policy. Drawing...
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Gender experts are being recruited and gender routinized in the everyday work of international environmental organizations today. To what extent do these changes open up spaces for reorienting sustainability debates in terms of normative commitments to promoting gender equality and justice? We explore this question by studying how gender is done in...
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The recent arrival of refugees in rural Sweden has raised hopes that they might stave off the depopulation of the country’s periphery and lead to its development. Despite these visions in policy and in some academic literature, there is little research on how immigrant encounters with development and integration practices take shape on the ground....
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Past decades have been marked with grassroots struggles around the use and access to natural resources such as forests, both in the global South and in the global North. On the one hand, we have politicians, bureaucrats and others needing to deal with these issues at the national and global level. On the other, we have the material practices and st...
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Engaging with knowledges outside of western science and questions of power is increasingly being acknowledged as an imperative for helping solve intractable environmental problems. What is unacknowledged is the difference in how this is reasoning is applied in relation to policy-making in the global North and South. While questions of power such as...
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Voluntary associations are at the heart of Swedish rural policy and strategies for governance as partners in bringing about ‘development from below.’ Examining the implications of this new responsibility being placed on the civil society in new modes of multilevel governance, I ask: do these changes presage greater political space for individuals v...
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Shea butter, derived from the African shea tree, has acquired a pivotal position in global agro-food and cosmetics industries. In Burkina Faso, public and private actors as well as civil society are converging upon the product to boost the incomes of rural female producers. As a result of these trends, the shea value chain is increasingly segmented...
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Climate instruments such as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions by Deforestation and Degradation) promise a win–win proposition as villagers in Africa are paid for their efforts to conserve forests and sequester carbon. REDD+ assembles divergent interests at different scales—from bureaucrats to individual villagers. We argue that climate assemblages are shif...
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Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) is a policy instrument meant to mitigate climate change while also achieving poverty reduction in tropical countries. It has garnered critics for homogenising environmental and development governance and for ignoring how similar efforts have tended to exacerbate gender inequalities. None...
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In this paper we explore the Swedish Government's vision for the forest sector: The Forest Kingdom - with values for the world, launched in 2011. We use the issues of climate change and gender equality to demonstrate implicit “values” that underpin this recent forest policy initiative. Drawing on new institutionalism, critical discourse theory and...
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A major challenge in studies of environmental governance is dealing with the diversity of the people involved at multiple levels – villagers, development agents, policy-makers, private resource users and others – and taking seriously their aspirations, conflicts and collaborations. This book examines this challenge in two very disparate parts of ou...
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In the limited literature on gender and climate change, two themes predominate – women as vulnerable or virtuous in relation to the environment. Two viewpoints become obvious: women in the South will be affected more by climate change than men in those countries and that men in the North pollute more than women. The debates are structured in specif...
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The focus that scholars have put on mainstream institutions for resource management, i.e. those recognized by the community and development agents as the primary organizations for resource management, has tended to mask alternative, less visible, but equally robust, organizational forms in which resources are managed and development is carried out...
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The importance of gender equality and of women’s work in relation to the environment is regarded as a crucial question for development in “third‐world” rural societies. “Development” and a certain standard of welfare make these issues appear to be less urgent in a wealthier country such as Sweden. In this article, I trace some of the contradictions...
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Tidskrift för genusvetenskap nr 2 2008 33 tema/bortom den rätta frågan Vad är din forskningsfråga? Som forskare, särskilt som doktorand, hör man ständigt uppmaningar om vikten av att ha de rätta frågorna, vilket underförstått är detsamma som att känna igen det som är viktigt. Beroende på de valda frå-gorna använder man sedan olika metoder. En vanli...
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The 1990s have been the decade of state decentralisation both in India and in Sweden. Decentralisation of political power has been accompanied by the rhetoric of community participation in natural resource management and rural development initiatives. In light of this, questions about whom or what constitutes the ‘community’ and ‘the local’ take on...
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The 1990s witnessed a shift in the rhetoric and policies towards people’s participation and gender equality in environmental issues and rural development. People are increasingly expected to take responsibility for the development of their own communities. Against this background, the thesis investigates the gendered implications of the changing na...
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This article views gender dynamics and strategies for change in a small Swedish village from a systems perspective. In the context of the struggle for the communal management of forests, tensions arose in the relations among the people in the village who differed in their opinions as to how to approach village development. Some village women argued...
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This is the story of forest communities in Nepal who were able to challenge forces that would estrange them from the forests around them. Or more precisely it is the story of another community consisting of people in different parts of the world, whose support for a brief while was invaluable in helping communities in Nepal to retain forest managem...

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The project studies how migration is changing rural Sweden and through that, preconditions for sustainability and social justice. Focusing on the changing composition of socio-environmental relations in rural areas (in agriculture, natural resource management, nature-tourism), the project investigates how migration and nature-based integration could contribute to sustainable rural development in Sweden.
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How are just and sustainable climate transitions possible in Sweden where conflicts over forests are both complex and intractable? Putting people and local institutions at the heart of the project, in this action-oriented project, we identify how citizens take action, how conceptions of time affect decision-making and what digital tools and supporting governance arrangements have potential for climate transitions.
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Gender, power and climate governance