Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2015

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Liam Downey

Second Advisor

Lisa Barlow

Third Advisor

Dale Miller


The role of women in sustainable development has largely been marginalized within the worldwide political milieu. However, with increasing women’s leadership in the policy realm, gender analysis takes on a new relevance. My research investigates how gender representation and feminine versus masculine modalities of governance impact the adoption and formation of renewable energy policy, and shape environmental discourses. Today, women, inside and outside of government, play an increasing role in global sustainability initiatives. Applying gender to political analysis can help elucidate how to advance the development of a sustainable energy future. I elaborate on the gender politics of sustainability through a feminist analysis of value systems, democracy and power, and environmental discourses. In particular, my research explores sustainable energy development in Iceland, and how their political successes are informed by gender representation and alternative geographies of power.