Gender equality and sustainability can powerfully reinforce each other in alternative pathways, according to a new survey by U.N. Women to be launched Monday. To define these pathways, we must consider knowledge, agency and action, two research specialists argue in a guest opinion.

The views in this opinion piece do not necessarily reflect Devex's editorial views.

About the authors

  • Melissa Leach

    Melissa Leach is director of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. As an IDS fellow, she founded and directed the Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability Center from 2006 to 2014. A geographer and social anthropologist, her research has integrated social science with science policy and natural sciences across gender, environmental, political ecology, agricultural, health and technology approaches and issues. Leach is co-chair of the Science Committee of Future Earth.
  • Shahrashoub Razavi

    Shahrashoub Razavi is the head of U.N. Women's Research and Data Section. She specializes in the gender dimensions of development, with a particular focus on livelihoods, agrarian issues, social policy and care dynamics. Before joining UN Women, Shahra led the Gender and Development Program at the U.N. Research Institute for Social Development.