“Partner webinar series” Gender and Wildfires, with Prof. Christine Eriksen and Prof. Elsa Pastor

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Date October 5, 2023
Time5 p.m. (CEST)

The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF), the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and the Pau Costa Foundation (PCF) organize the “Partner Webinar Series”, a monthly series of webinars to bring together diverse voices from the global wildland fire community.

Prof. Dr. Christine Eriksen, Institute of Geography, University of Bern, (Switzerland)
“How gender equity enhances our capacity to cope with wildfires?”
That disasters are gendered social experiences is by now a well-established fact among disaster researchers. What is not always so clear is how gendered dimensions of disasters play out before, during and after an event, such as a catastrophic wildfire. In this talk, I use insights from research with wildland firefighters and residents living in fire-prone areas in Australia and North America to unpack some of the entrenched gendered norms and structural biases that continue to inhibit societal capacity to cope with wildfires.

Prof. Elsa Pastor, Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech and research scientist at the Center for Technological Risk Studies at UPC.
“Analyzing women´s performance in wildfire research”
Wildfire management and research exhibit significant gender disparities. Women are underrepresented in leadership roles in fire agencies, fire industry, and wildfire research, which largely falls within STEM disciplines. While past studies have generally highlighted this inequality, no comprehensive analysis quantifying the disparity, especially within wildfire research, has been conducted until now. In this talk, I present a performance analysis of women in wildfire research. Through literature and bibliometric surveys, I assess the landscape of wildfire researchers, their scholarly outputs and the impact of women over a 50-year period, spanning various regions and subject areas. Additionally, I identify and scrutinize key roles in wildfire science in terms of women’s representation and leadership.

Please register here to attend the webinar.

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