Úrsula Oswald Spring: Pioneer on Gender, Peace, Development, Environment, Food and Water

With a Foreword by Birgit Dechmann

  • Úrsula Oswald Spring

Part of the Pioneers in Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering, Practice book series (PAHSEP, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxix
  2. On the Author: My Life, Work and Publications

  3. Selected Texts of the Author on Methodology, Gender and Peace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-152
    2. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 153-174
    3. Úrsula Müller-Oswald, R. Ruppen, U. Baumann, J. Angst
      Pages 175-189
    4. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 190-199
    5. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 201-223
    6. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 225-241
  4. On Development and Regions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-244
    2. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 245-267
    3. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 268-284
    4. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 285-295
    5. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 296-323
  5. On Food and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-338
    2. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 339-347
    3. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 349-389
    4. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 415-437
    5. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 439-463
  6. On Environment, Climate and Water

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 465-466
    2. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 467-479
    3. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 480-506
    4. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 507-541
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 585-621

About this book


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.

•  This book reviews multiple influences from Europe, Africa and Latin America on a leading social scientist and activist on gender, development and environment aiming at a world with equity, sustainability, peace and harmony between nature and humans.
•  This pioneer volume analyses social and environmental conflicts and peace processes in Latin America, with a special focus on Mexico, by addressing the development of under-development, global environmental change, poverty, nutrition and the North-South gap.
• This volume focuses on environmental deterioration with a special emphasis on food and water and proposes systemic changes towards a sustainability transition with peace, regional development and gender equity.
• This pioneering work offers alternative approaches to regional development, food sovereignty and holistic development processes from a gender perspective.


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

Authors and affiliations

  • Úrsula Oswald Spring
    • 1
  1. 1.Regional Centre for Multidisciplinary Research (CRIM)National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)CuernavacaMexico

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-94711-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-94712-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-5579
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-5587
  • Buy this book on publisher's site