Dr. John Parkins, Associate Professor, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta will present a seminar on Thursday, November 24 at 12:30 in the Wyatt Lecture Room (236 Earth Sciences Building) University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.
Abstract: Although the public advisory committee has become a common tool for involving local people in forest management decisions, with more than 200 such committees across the country, it does not necessarily broaden the base of public input and may simply replicate the challenges of access, representation, and capacity to participate that are found in wider society. As a category of social exclusion, this presentation explores why women are significantly underrepresented on forest management advisory committees in Canada and how these committees function as gendered units. To support these claims, the presentation will draw on two separate studies: (1) a national survey of advisory committee members and (2) in-depth case study research with two forest management advisory committees: Tembec, Manitoba, and NewPage, Nova Scotia. Evidence from these studies reveal some important challenges to meaningful female participation that may be difficult to overcome in the short term. These challenges include male-dominated institutions and particular masculine norms that are found to be quite common across the sector. Findings also show that a lack of critical mass of women limits the active participation of the small number of women who do become involved in committee activities. The presentation will explore the implications of these constraints and the prospects for more democratic and broadly inclusive forms of decision making to emerge.
Date and Time: Thursday, November 24, 2011, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Cost: Free admission
Location: Earth Sciences 236