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Joni K. Seager

Professor, Global Studies
Ph.D., Clark University, 1988
MA, Clark University, 1981
BA Hons., University of Toronto, 1976
Office: Morison Hall 381 | 781.891._3151 |
Department Phone: 781.891._3454

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JONI SEAGER is a scholar and activist in feminist geography, global environmental policy including climate change, gender equity measurement and gender audits of institutions towards gender mainstreaming.

Teaching Interests

International Development; Environmental Policy; Global Regions; Global Political Economy; Feminist Ecology; Gender & International Development

Research Interests

International Environmental Policy & Issues; Global Status of Women; Climate Change; Global Political Economy; Gender and Environment; Militarism & Environment

Consulting/Practice Interests

Gender & Environment (esp climate change); International Environmental Policy Formation; Global Water & Sanitation Issues; Gender equity measurement; Gender mainstreaming; Gender audits.

Awards and Honors

2017, Maurice E. Goldman Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences, Bentley University
2009, Co-PI, National Science Foundation (#6743000), S-STEM Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, $600,000, Hunter College, 2009 - 2011
2007, Co-PI. Canadian International Development Agency, Canada Corps University Partnership Program. "Sustaining Water in Mongolia: A Human Security Approach," partnering with the National University of Mongolia. $190,000. 2006 - 2007.
2006, Companion to Feminist Geography. Honoree Selection for Best Publication, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group of the AAG, 2006.
2005, Media Achievement Award," Association of American Geographers, 2005.
2003, University Scholar, University of Vermont.
2001, Rockefeller Humanities Fellow, "Gender & The Environment" program at the Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon


Journal Article(s)
Seager, J. (2011). Gender and Environment: Critical Tradition and New Challenges. Environment & Planning D, .

Seager, J. (2010). Gender and Water in Mongolia. Professional Geographer, 62 (1).

Seager, J. (2009). Gender and water: good rhetoric but it doesn't 'count'. Geoforum, 40.

Seager, J. (2009). Death By Degrees: Taking a Feminist Hard Look at the 2 Degrees Climate Policy. Kvinder, Kon & Forskning (Denmark) -- Women, Gender & Research, 18 (3 - 4), 11 - 22.

Seager, J. (2006). Gender and Disasters. Social Policy, 36 (2).

Seager, J., O'Brien, K., Barnett, J., Matthew, R. (2005). Hurricane Katrina Reveals Challenges to Human Security. AVISO: Information Bulletin on Global Environmental Change and Human Security, 14.

Seager, J. (2003). Rachel Carson died of breast cancer: Feminist environmentalism comes of age. SIGNS, 28 (3). (link)

Seager, J. (2003). Pepperoni or broccoli? On the cutting wedge of feminist environmentalism Gender Place & Culture, 10 (2). (link)

Seager, J. (1983). No Innate Phases in Group Problem-Solving. Academy of Management Review, 8 (4), 7 - 17.

Seager, J. (2016). Global Gender & Environment Outlook: Critical Issues for Policymakers. UN Environment Programme.

Seager, J. (2016). Gender Global Environmental Outlook. Nairobi: United Nations Environment Programme.

Seager, J. (2014). Carson's Silent Spring. Bloomsbury.

Seager, J, Enloe, C. (2011). The Real State of America Atlas. Penguin.

Seager, J, Robinson, K, van der Schaaf, C, Gabizon, S. (2009). Gender-Disaggregated Global Data on Water & Sanitation. New York: United Nations/ DESA.

Seager, J. (2009). The state of gender-disaggregated data in water and sanitation: Overview and assessment of major sources. New York: United Nations. (link)

Seager, J. (2009). The State of Women in the World Atlas (4th Ed). New York: Penguin.

Seager, J. (2005). Gender, Poverty & the Environment. New York & Nairobi: United Nations/ UNEP.

Seager, J, Hartmann, B. (2005). Mainstreaming Gender in Environmental Assessment and Early Warning. New York: United Nations. (link)

Seager, J, Domosh, M. (2001). Putting Women in Place: Feminist Geographers Make Sense of the World. New York: Guilford Press.

Seager, J. (1993). Earth Follies: Coming to Feminist Terms With the Global Environmental Crisis. London/ New York: Earthscan/ Routledge.

Edited Volumes
Seager, J, Nelson, L. (Ed.). (2005). A Companion to Feminist Geography.  (pp. 614). London & New York: Blackwell

Book Chapters
Seager, J. Death by Degrees: Taking a Feminist Hard Look at the 2 degree Climate Policy. In Susan Buckingham (Eds.), Gendering Climate Change. NY: . Routledge

Seager, J. Rachel was right: feminist environmentalism prefigured in Silent Spring. The International Handbook of Gender and Environment . Taylor & Francis

, I, Seager, J. (2016). Gendered dimensions of sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the marine environment – a global assessment.. Sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the marine environment – a global assessment.. International International Maritime Organization (link)

Seager, J. (2016). Gender and environment.. Feminist Futures: 3rd Edition. Chicago USA: . University of Chicago Press/ Zed Books

Seager, J. (2014). Disasters are gendered: What’s new?. In Zinta Zommers & Ashbindu Singh (Eds.), Reducing Disaster: Early Warning Systems for Climate Change. New York: . Springer (link)

Seager, J. (2012). Noticing Gender or Not. Women of Katrina. Vanderbilt U Press

Book Reviews
Seager, J. (2010). [Review of the book Rachel was Right: Rachel Carson's Legacy]. Times Higher Education.

Seager, J. (2015). Sex-disaggregated indicators for water assessment monitoring and reporting. UNESCO

Seager, J. Gender-disaggregated indicators for the water sector: Concepts, priorities, and methodologies. UNESCO Technical Publications, 35. Forthcoming

Seager, J. Gender Audit, Somalia UN Country Team. UN Women Forthcoming

Seager, J. Methodology for Global Gender & Environment Assessment. . United Nations Forthcoming

Seager, J. Methodology for Identifying and Pilot-Testing Priority Gender-Disaggregated Water Indicators.. United Nations Forthcoming

Seager, J, Lewis, S, Donovan, P, Wilkerson, M, Abdulali, S. (2012). PlanetAIDS: Epidemic in maps. Forthcoming

Seager, J. (2011). Eye of the Storm: Women & Disasters. Newsweek/ The Daily Beast (link)

Seager, J. (2010). Gender Mainstreaming in the World Water Assessment Programme. UNESCO

Seager, J. (2010). Changing the Climate. ARROWS FOR CHANGE, 15(1)

Seager, J. (2009). Gender-Disaggregated Data on Water & Sanitation. . United Nations

Conference Presentations

Seager, J. (2016). Presented at the UN's COP22 -- International Climate Change Meetings, Morocco.

Seager, J. (2016). Presented at the Penn State University/ FAO's Penn State University/ FAO Gendering Agriculture Workshop, Penn State University.

Seager, J. (2016). Presented at the UN's UN High-Level Ministerial Meeting on Sustainable Development , New York.

Seager, J. (2016). Presented at the UNEP's GEO-6 North American Regional Assessment, Ottawa.

Seager, J. (2016). Presented at the UNEP's UN Second Environment Assembly (Nairobi) Network of Women Ministers, Nairobi.

Seager, J. (2016). Presented at the UNEP's UN Second Environment Assembly (Nairobi) Science Policy Forum, Nairobi.

Seager, J. (2016). Presented at the RIKK Research Institute University of Iceland's RIKK Lectures, University Iceland.

Seager, J. (2016). Presented at the Boston Public Library's Boston Public Library Lectures in Cartography, Boston.

Seager, J. (2016). Presented at the UNESCO/ CSW's UN Committee on the Status of Women/ UNESCO, New York.

Seager, J. (2014). "Gender-sensitive water monitoring." Presented at the Government of South Africa & AMCOW's Gender, Water & Development, South Africa.

Seager, J. (2014). "Gender Disaggregated Indicators for Water Monitoring." Presented at the UNESCO's 2014 World Water Week, Stockholm, Stockholm.

Seager, J. (2014). "Water governance, gender and development: conceptual challenges & data collection." Presented at the Hamburg University & World Water Assessment Programme (UNESCO)'s Gendering a Sustainable Future: Water, Conflict and Climate Change, Perugia, Italy.

Seager, J. (2014). "Challenges in gender research methodologies in environmental research." Presented at the UNEP/ Network of Women Ministers for the Environment's United Nations Environment Assembly, Nairobi, Kenya.

Seager, J. (2014). "Gender & Environment." Presented at the University of Iceland, GEST's United Nations University - Gender Equity Studies Programme, University Iceland, Iceland.

Seager, J. (2013). "Climate justice and the US climate report." Presented at the NESTVAL -- geographers.


University Service
Introducer of film on Ghana for International Film Series, 2016 - 2016
Promotion Evaluation Committee in Global Studies, 2016 - 2016
Promotion Evaluation Committee in Modern Languages, 2016 - 2016
Promotion Evaluation Committee in Sociology, 2016 - 2016
Department Chair for Global Studies Department Chair, 2009 - 2016

Professional Service
MapStory, 2015 - Present
Editorial Review Board Member for International Editorial Advisory Board. International Handbook on Gender & Environment, (Routledge), , 2013 - Present
Editorial Review Board Member for Journal: Capitalism, Nature, Society, 2011 - Present
One-week expert availability for UNEP "Ask an Expert", 2016 - 2016
Exam writer for the Foreign Service Exam for US Department of State, Foreign Service Exam, 2016 - 2016
Editorial Review Board Member for Journal: Geoforum, 2001 - 2011

Public Service
Program Organizer for New England Environmental Justice Coalition, 2013 - Present