A discussion about gender and climate change at the London Cervantes Institute

Madrid, March 29th. The Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU) and the Women for Africa Foundation (MxA), in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy, will host a roundtable at the London Cervantes Institute entitled “Gender Perspectives in Climate Change Research.” The event will feature four women researchers, each focusing on distinct aspects of the climate crisis and gender studies. Together, they will examine the interplay between gender factors and the consequences of climate change.

The roundtable will emphasise that the impacts of climate change are not gender-neutral, and disproportionately affect women, especially those living in poverty. Factors such as unequal access to resources, education, and health contribute to women’s heightened vulnerability to climate change. The event will aim to scrutinise existing literature on gender and climate change to identify current gaps and highlight areas that warrant further investigation for more equitable climate policies and programs.

Dr Victoria Showunmi, Associate Professor in the Education, Policy, and Society Department at University College London, will chair the roundtable. The panelists included Dr Oluwakemi Oduntan, Lecturer at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Federal University of Technology (Nigeria), and Science by Women Fellow of the Women for Africa Foundation; Dr Kamya Choudhary, India Policy Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE); and Dr Cristina Barrero Sicilia, Lecturer in Biomedical Science at the University of Hertfordshire. 



The Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU) integrates more than 600 members who work in a wide range of disciplines, at different career stages (from master and doctoral students to professors) and in both the public and the private sectors. It was officially established in 2012 by researchers to facilitate communication between the community of Spanish researchers working in the UK, to improve international relationships between both countries, and to increase scientific culture in the public. 

Since its establishment, it has developed more than 300 activities. SRUK/CERU is supported by Ramon Areces Foundation, Banco Santander Foundation, the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), and Lilly Foundation. In 2016, SRUK/CERU received the Innovation Award from the Innovative Business Forum (FEI) in the category of innovation support agency.

This non-profit organisation has 8 official Constituencies in London, Cambridge, Oxford, Yorkshire, the Northwest (Manchester and Liverpool), the Northeast (Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland, and Middlesborough), Midlands (Birmingham and Nottingham), and Southwest (Bristol and Bath) regions of England and Scotland.


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