Gendered norms and practices in Nordic and Baltic Climate Policy Institutions: implication for the Climate Transition

Despite the critical role of gender in climate transitions, existing policies often lack sensitivity to gender. Our research aims to bridge this gap by exploring the institutional practices of climate institutions and understanding the challenges associated with integrating gender considerations into climate policies. While Nordic countries exhibit progressive gender profiles, there is a notable  lack of awareness regarding the connection between gender and climate change within their climate institutions.

The proposed project recognizes that achieving gender equality in the climate transition involves more than just increasing female representation in policy-making bodies. It emphasizes the need to comprehend the institutional practices that either hinder or facilitate gender-aware policy-making. Building on previous research in Sweden, the project conducts a comparative analysis across Nordic and Baltic states to gain a more comprehensive understanding.

Led by Professor Annica Kronsell from Sweden, the research consortium includes partners from Finland, Lithuania, and Iceland. The project's overarching questions revolve around the integration of gender into climate policy-making, the institutional challenges impeding gender inclusion, and potential policy options to promote an inclusive and gender-sensitive climate transition. To address these questions, the project adopts mixed methods: mapping representation, policy analysis, surveys and elite interviews.

Additionally, the project engages stakeholders in a co-production process, where partial results are communicated through research briefs. The research findings will be presented through traditional scientific outputs such as conference papers, articles, book chapters and an edited book. Stakeholders will also be reached through webinars, providing opportunities for learning, networking, and fostering connections that transcend national and sectoral boundaries. Ultimately, the project aims to contribute to the implementation of gender equality in climate policies, promoting an inclusive and effective climate transition.