By Alex Holmes
As part of this year’s international Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, we are once again pleased to celebrate the women in the regional studies and regional science community. The Campaign for International Women’s Day encourages everyone, not only women, to play their part, all of the time, everywhere, to build a gender-balanced world.
In regional studies, many people are working to ensure that not only is the world more balanced for gender, but also a balancing of inequality, climate and environmental sustainability. Today, we are raising awareness of some of the inspirational women who currently work in the diverse fields of regional studies and regional science, recognising that their work today has special significance for the world tomorrow.
Jessie Poon observes “When I began working on regional development in the 1990s, it was an interesting time for the small group of female quantitative geographers. The discipline was engaged in conversations of epistemological limits and opportunities. Female geographers were important participants of that conversation. Let’s continue to expand the opportunities.”
Trina Hamilton is also working on the balancing act in cities: “For cities to be truly sustainable, all residents should have access to affordable housing, living-wage jobs, clean air and water, and green space. Urban residents should not have to accept a false choice between contamination and environmental gentrification.”
Published 8 March, 2019
Regional Studies Association