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Feminist Ecologies

Changing Environments in the Anthropocene

  • Lara Stevens
  • Peta Tait
  • Denise Varney


  • Provides an updated reader on ecofeminism

  • Explores a variety of perspectives on ecofeminism through case studies in diverse areas, such as the arts, politics, and the economics of the mining industry

  • Applies a transhistorical methodology to better understand the contemporary field of ecofeminism


Table of contents

About this book


This edited collection critically engages with ecofeminist scholarship to better understand the contemporary and future challenges for feminism and environmental issues. It brings together key thinkers and activists in the field to map an ongoing dialogue between women’s issues and rapid environmental change.

Feminist Ecologies examines how ecofeminist thought and activism intersect with global debates about environmental catastrophe as a product of patriarchal capitalism and the status of women. Its chapters include contributions from pioneering scholars and activists in the field that engage with the tensions and concerns existing between historical feminism and ecofeminism. These include the dialectical relationship between environmental and feminist causes; the relational identities of feminists and ecofeminists; and the concept of ecofeminism as a new wave of feminism.

This book helps to define ecofeminism as a multidisciplinary project and will be of particular interest to students and scholars of Gender Studies, Environmental Studies and Ecological Studies.


feminist ecologies feminism and environment anthropocene ecofeminism feminist activism gender equality

Editors and affiliations

  • Lara Stevens
    • 1
  • Peta Tait
    • 2
  • Denise Varney
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.LaTrobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

About the editors

Lara Stevens is Lecturer and Tutor in Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Peta Tait is Professor of Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University, Australia.

Denise Varney is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Bibliographic information


“By way of sublating the dialectic of academia and activism, of finding ways to productively hold these in suspended tension, I commend this rabble-rousing collection to anyone silently weathering reef grief, reef rage and all the dystopian dread of the climocalypse. This is a collection that will doubtless become required reading on every blockade. See you there.” (Liz Conor,, November 23, 2018)