The Green Gender Gap: A study of gender differences in green ideology in Europe

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PhD Candidate Ingvild Leren Stensrud at the European University Institute will present at this Tuesday's seminar. Her talk is titled "The Green Gender Gap: A study of gender differences in green ideology in Europe". 

Abstract for the talk:

Previse research has found that women tend to be more environmentally oriented and worry more about climate change compared to men. There are also findings suggesting that women engage more in eco and climate-friendly behaviour and have a smaller carbon footprint. Additionally, studies on European green parties find that women are overrepresented among voters for green parties. In this paper, I am investigating the four aspects of the Green Gender Gap by using new data from multiple European countries. My results confirmed the existing finding and show that the majority of European countries have a Green Gender Gap. 

I also explore possible mechanisms and find that neither gender differences in educational levels, occupations, residency in urban vs rural arias or placement on the political left-right dimension can explain the gap between women and men. Therefore, more research is needed to understand why men are not adopting green ideology and behaviour at the same rate as women. Finally, I discuss how insights from gender research and masculinity studies can be utilised to seek the undiscovered mechanisms behind The Green gender gap.


The event is in a hybrid format, you are welcome to join us for lunch from the Corner room at DIGSSCORE. Food is provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

All are welcome!


Zoom link for digital attendance.