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Úrsula Oswald Spring (Ed.): Úrsula Oswald Spring: A Pioneer on Gender, Ecology, Peace, Security, Development, Environment, Food and Water. Pioneers in Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering, Practice (PAHSEP), No. 17 (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2017).

ISBN: 978-3-319-94711-2 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-3-030-06903-2 (Softcover)
ISBN: 978-3-319-94713-6 (MyCopy)

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  • Reviews multiple influences from Europe, Africa and Latin America on a leading social scientist and activist on gender, development and the environment, aiming at a world characterized by equity, sustainability, peace, and harmony between nature and humans
  • Analyzes social and environmental conflicts and peace processes in Latin America, with a special focus on Mexico, by addressing the development of underdevelopment, global environmental change, poverty, and the North–South gap
  • Focuses on environmental deterioration with a special emphasis on food and water, and proposes systemic changes toward a sustainability transition
  • Offers alternative approaches to regional development, food sovereignty, and holistic development processes from a gender perspective

This book aims to initiate among students and other readers critical and interdisciplinary reflections on key problems concerning development, gender relations, peace and environment, with a special emphasis on North-South relations. This volume offers a selection of the author's research in different parts of the world during 50 years of contributing to an interdisciplinary scientific debate and addressing social answers to urgent global problems. After the author's biography and bibliography, the second part analyses the development processes of several countries in the South that resulted in a dynamic of underdevelopment. The deep-rooted gender discrimination is also reflected in the destructive exploitation of natural resources and the pollution of soils, water and air. Since the beginning of the Anthropocene in the mid-20th century, the management of human society and global resources has been unsustainable and has created global environmental change and multiple conflicts over scarce and polluted resources. Peace and development policies aiming at gender equity and sustainable environmental management, where water and food are crucial for the survival of humankind, focus on systemic alternatives embedded in a path of sustainability transition.

Keywords: Peace Processes in Latin America, Peace and the environment, Development Worldwide, Scientific debate on global environmental change North-South Relations, Sustainability Transition, Gobal Environmental Change Food Sovereignty, Water Availability, Urgent Global Problems, climate change impacts, Latin American politics

Authors and affiliations
Úrsula Oswald Spring, Regional Centre for Multidisciplinary Research (CRIM), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Cuernavaca, Mexico