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02-04 June 2021

Conference - Women, Solidarity, and Ecology

A multidisciplinary conference exploring the disproportionate impact of ecological degradation on women, with a special focus on environmental and gender injustice such as that arising from mining and other forms of extractivism.

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ points toward the importance of solidarity with the earth and the most marginalized in society by urging us to listen to the “cry of the earth” and the “cry of the poor.”  However, not enough attention is paid to both the disproportionate harm that women experience and their disproportionate protagonism in environmental activism and eco-social change. The Women, Solidarity, and Ecology conference intends to address this lacuna by exploring different facets of ecological devastation by integrating gender injustice in questions of social and environmental justice. The conference will specifically draw on the integral ecology paradigm as laid out in Laudato Si’. Integral ecology is not only deliberately transdisciplinary in perspective, but also incorporates philosophical and theological horizons. The wisdom from these traditions in turn provides a dialogical sounding board that may either challenge or reinforce secular societal assumptions that prevail in the West. The conference will examine case studies of those impacted by various forms of entangled environmental and gender injustice, and it aims to engage not only with those whose voices have been marginalised, but also to listen to those taking the lead in activist organisations at the forefront of eco-social transformation.

The following critically urgent and related themes will be examined: a) the need for a different and more ecologically sensitive economics, especially in a post-Covid context; b) the intersection of human rights, gender, and climate change; c) The role of the natural and human sciences in informing public debate and policy making on eco-social change; d) the political and eco-social damage, including biodiversity loss, of mining and other forms of extractivism; e) the structural issues of governance at the local and global level; and f) new approaches to feminist theology in the context of climate change.


Professor Linda Hogan, University of Dublin, Republic of Ireland 
Revd Dr Patrick Riordan SJ, Campion Hall, University of Oxford, UK
Professor Tony Bebbington, Ford Foundation, USA
Dr Séverine Deneulin, Laudato Si’ Research Institute, Campion Hall, University of Oxford, UK
Professor Catherine Keller, Drew University, USA
Revd Dr Joshtrom Kureethadam, Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Dr Celia Deane-Drummond, Laudato Si' Research Institute, Campion Hall, University of Oxford, UK
Mauricio López Oropeza, CEAMA (Conferencia Eclesial de la Amazonía)
Muchimba Siamachoka, Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, Zambia
Dr Sharon A. Bong, Monash University, Malaysia
Professor Michael Northcott, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
Fr Tobias Karcher SJ, Lassalle-Haus, Switzerland
Dr Katharina Beyerl, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany
Professor Myles Allen, University of Oxford, UK
Christine Allen, CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development)
Revd Dr David Bookless, A Rocha International
Dr Anna Iara, European Commission
Professor Molly Scott Cato, University of Roehampton, UK
Dr Erin Lothes, GCCM (Global Catholic Climate Movement)


Wednesday, 2 June: 12:00 – 16:00 (BST)
Thursday, 3 June: 13:00 – 17:00 (BST)
Friday, 4 June: 13:00 – 15:30 (BST)


We have decided to waive all registration fees for those without institutional support to increase worldwide access to the conference. If you have institutional funding available, please register as suggested below to help defray our costs.

Standard fee – £75
Student fee – £25

If you do not have institutional support, please select the "Conference Fee Waived" option when registering on Eventbrite.


This event has ended. You can see recordings from all three days below, split in seven parts.

To watch the recording of Professor Linda Hogan's opening keynote lecture, Human Rights and the Vulnerabilities of Gender in a Climate Emergency (also held as a public lecture), please see the dedicated page here.

1: Opening Case Studies: Solidarity with the Earth (Chair – Dr Séverine Deneulin, LSRI) 

Welcome – Dr Celia Deane-Drummond (Director, LSRI)
Mauricio López Oropeza: Solidarity from the Earth: A Commitment Born from a Life-Giving Womb in Amazonia 
Muchimba Siamachoka: Courage and Solidarity: A Moral Imperative to Reclaim our Common Home 
Dr Sharon A. Bong: Rare Earth and Rare Practice of “Integral Ecology”: A Feminist-Postcolonial Reading of the ‘Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas’ Protests

2: Ecological Economics Panel (Chair – Dr Lorna Gold, FaithInvest)

Introduction by Chair
Professor Michael Northcott: The Luciferan Magic of Money and the Spiritual Ecology of Love
Fr Tobias Karcher SJ: Faith and Finance: The Challenge of Faith-Consistent Investing

3: Science Panel (Chair – Dr Celia Deane-Drummond)

Dr Katharina Beyerl: Barriers to a Collective Radical Ecological Conversion: A Psychological Perspective (not recorded as requested by speaker)
Professor Myles Allen: Brief Update on State of Play on Climate Science

4: Practice Panel (Chair – Revd Dr Andrew Bowyer, University of Oxford)

Introduction by Chair
Christine Allen: Gender Inequality and Changed Climates: Standing in Solidarity with Women and Girls to Defend the Earth
Revd Dr David Bookless: Intersections and Integration: The Mutual Shaping of Theology and Practice in the Work and Ethos of A Rocha

5: Keynote Lecture (Chair – Dr. Mark Hirons, University of Oxford)

Professor Anthony Bebbington: Destruction and the Complex Politics of Urgency: Responding to Contemporary Extractivism in the Shadow of Covid
Response: Dr Séverine Deneulin (LSRI)

6: Integral Ecology, Policy, and Practice: Governance (Chair – Dr. Sarah Darby, University of Oxford)

Dr Anna Lara: Fit for 55: Stepping Up Efforts to Decarbonise the EU
Professor Molly Scott Cato: Is Sisterhood Still Powerful in the Climate Crisis? Exploring the Gender Dimension in Climate Policy
Response: Dr Erin Lothes

7: Keynote Lecture (Chair – Prof. Johannes Zachhuber, University of Oxford) 

Professor Catherine Keller. Solidarities of Difficult Difference: Toward the Conviviality of the Earth
Response: Revd Dr Joshtrom Kureethadam 
Closing Remarks: Dr. Celia Deane-Drummond