Ozone air pollution and gender inequality in India

Posted on 25 June 2018

New perspective article discussing the need for more understanding about gender inequality.

SEI Perspective written by  Sofie Mortensen and Divya Pandey (SEI York)

Air quality is of increasing concern for policymakers across the world. But while much attention has been given to urban air quality, the socioeconomic impacts of air pollution including on gender inequality need more understanding.

Gender inequality is closely linked to the impacts on rural agriculture from ozone air pollution. Air pollution plays into a complex system of social structures and power dynamics that often exacerbates existing inequalities. SEI’s Gender and Social Equality Program is currently developing methods for air-pollution risk assessments for crop losses in India and other countries in Asia that includes socioeconomic and gendered implications. This approach takes a step further to the air pollution induced crop loss assessment studies and integrates the demand and supply economics to investigate the wider consequences on producer and consumer welfare. The study also intends to bridge the gap between the approaches from natural and social science perspectives when investigating the questions of linkages between agriculture, environment, society and gender issues.

Read the full perspective on sei.org