WEGO-ITN: Well-being, Ecology, Gender and cOmmunity - Innovation Training Network

WEGO-ITN is the first European research network of its kind dedicated to Feminist Political Ecology. It aspires to tackle socioecological challenges linked to policy agendas, helping communities to build resilient, equitable and sustainable futures.

About the project

Going beyond political ecology, Feminist Political Ecology (FPE) investigates how gender is reproduced in and through practices, policies and actions associated with our changing environments. Rooted in collaborative and action-focused methodologies, FPE analyses the impacts of ecological and economic crises on diverse genders and the communities in which they live.

WEGO-ITN is a transnational network which brings together some of the most prominent scholars in the field in order to develop a research and training programme to educate the next generation of FPE researchers. The network will look in detail at local communities' coping strategies to build resilient and sustainable futures. Ultimately, WEGO will provide guides to strategies that are required for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.


The objectives of the project are:

  • To establish a vibrant European network of excellence on FPE that will link researchers, communities and policy makers for maximum impact in the environment and development policy arena, and positive change for the communities involved in the research.
  • To train a new generation of early stage researchers (ESRs) in a societally relevant research platform.
  • To consolidate FPE as a key conceptual approach to resilience and sustainability by bringing fresh perspectives on gender to the policy space on environment and development being opened up by the Sustainable Development Goals.

Individual projects

Two of WEGO-ITN's individual Ph.D. research projects are hosted by the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. Both projects are supervised by Prof. Andrea J. Nightingale and Prof. Karen O'Brien.

Ankita Shrestha: Climate change adaptation programmes and political violence in Nepal

Shrestha's project will look closely into the role of political subjectivities in shaping decisions on who governs whom. The project will examine how power struggles produced in the discursive field of climate change adaptation programmes legitimise certain knowledge and practices while delegitimising others, and how the consequences of struggles thus produced ultimately determine priorities for coping with climate change in Nepal.

The study will focus on: the narratives of perceptions of environmental change; the rules and practices for governing resources; struggles over the right to govern; and struggles over how people come to understand their own responsibilities and abilities to respond to environmental change.

The ESR will offer new insights into how to address the social causes of vulnerability and inequity in ways that can mitigate the risk of causing further conflict.

Eoin Farrelly: Transformation of small-scale fishing communities

The ESR will look at the global crisis in small-scale fisheries due to interconnected ecological and social processes. The focus will be on the pressures experienced by small-scale fishing communities caused by the decline in European fish stocks, including the collapse of the in-shore herring fishery in Scotland, the decline in North Sea cod stocks, and a major collapse of Mediterranean fish stocks.

The research will take a FPE look at efforts towards commoning in coastal communities including guilds that have taken their fishing quotas out of speculation markets and formed alternative markets, and labelling to source fish back to particular boats and fishing techniques.

The ESR will set out how efforts at commoning are able to transform subjectivities and help to create a sense of community and commitment to collective fishing practices, as well as transform market rationalities to alternative ideas of sustainble livelihoods.


The International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS-EUR) is the coordinating institute of the project. The University of Oslo is one of the consortium members.

For more information, please visit the WEGO-ITN website.


The project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 769408.


1 January 2018 - 31 January 2022.




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