Some of our recent events have been recorded by Virginia Tech's Library Services. Follow this link for selected videos on Women and Gender.

For more information about any of these events or the WGD Discussion Series, contact Dr. Maria Elisa Christie, CIRED WGD Director, at or 540-231-4297.


WGD Discussion Series Spring 2019

Mobile phones, social relations, and the gatekeepers to gender equality in Maasai households

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Kelly Summers, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, Virginia Tech

Thursday April 18th, 2019 12:30 to 1:30

Women and Gender in International Development Conference 2019

Keynote Address: Dr. Carmen Diana Deere "The SDG gender equality agenda and the distribution of land: Research challenges"  

  • Panel 1: Power, Positionality & Intersectionality
    -Dr. Caroline Faria "Critical feminist reflexivity & the politics of whiteness in the field" 
    -Jane Kato-Wallace "Engaging men & transforming masculinities for gender equality: What we know" 
    -Dr. Emily Van Houweling "Misinterpreting women's empowerment?: How a feminist postcolonial lens can reveal new dimensions of change in women's lives  


Keynote Address
Dr. Agnes Quisumbing "Gender, equity & empowerment: Harnessing agricultural research for better nutrition outcomes"  

  • Panel 2: Gender & Nutrition-Responsive Agriculture
    -Dr. Deborah Rubin "Strengthening women's economic empowerment through agricultural extension: What look like 
    -Dr. Beth Miller "One Health: Animal health, human health & social empowerment" 
    -Dr. Cornelia Flora "Gender, crops & animals: How women's choices are critical for nutritional health"   


  • Panel 3: Access:Markets, & the Gendering of Environmental Systems 
    -Dr. Elizabeth Jimenez "Rural livelihoods strategies & globalized markets: An analysis of women's participation among Quinoa producers in the Southern Bolivian Highlands" 
    -Dr. Luke Juran "Human-environment genderscapes in South Asia: Suffering for water, suffering from disasters" 

Closing Address
Dr. Krista Jacobs "Gender in food security programs: Take-away for moving towards more inclusive systems"  

Thursday, February 28 - March 1, 2019

WGD Discussion Series Fall 2018

Recognizing women’s need a key in agriculture production and food security

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Ozzie Abaye, Professor in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech 

Thursday, November 8th, 2018 12:30 to 1:30 pm


Gender gaps in smallholder agriculture in Nicaragua and Guatemala: The role of international labor migration

Claudia Radel, Associate Professor of Geography, Department of Environment and Society, and Dean of the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University

Thursday, October 4th, 2018 12:30 to 1:30 pm

WGD Discussion Series Spring 2018

 "Women Do Light Work, Men Do Heavy Work:" Male Out-Migration, The Feminization of Agriculture, and Integrated Pest Management in the Nepali Mid-Hills."

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Kaitlyn Spangler, Master's Student, Department of Geography, Virginia Tech

Thursday, April 19th, 2018
12:30 to 1:30 pm

Climate Change and Agro-Biodiversity in Nepal: A Gendered Perspective

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Dr. Basundhara Bhattarai, Senior Gender and Development Specialist at The Institute for Studies and Development Worldwide (IFSD)

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
12:30 to 1:30 pm

Geography and the Environment Through Kitchenspace: Culural Ecology in the House-lot Garden in Central Mexico

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Dr. Maria Elisa Christie, Director, Women and Gender in International Development, Center for International Research, Education, and Development, Virginia Tech

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
12:30 to 1:30 pm

Is Inclusive, Agriculture-Driven Growth Possible?

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Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Director, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
4:00 to 5:15 pm


Current Semester's Discussion Series

For information about the current semester of the WGD Discussion Series, visit our WGD Discussion: Events page.