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Explaining gender differences in private forest risk management
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6673-0079
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, ISSN 0282-7581, E-ISSN 1651-1891, Vol. 33, no 7, p. 716-723Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In many countries, lower levels of forest management activities have been observed among female forest owners compared to male owners. The present study examined potential explanations for gender differences in private forest risk management among forest owners in Sweden (n=1482) using a questionnaire. Results from this study confirmed a slightly lower level of forest risk management among female owners in proactively combating damage caused by climate change and animal browsing when compared to their male counterparts. Further gender differences were revealed on a structural level. For example, female owners displayed higher levels of education and were more often non-resident owners and urban owners, as compared to their male counterparts. In addition, female and male owners differed regarding social-psychological variables (e.g. forest values and threat and coping appraisals). However the greatest gender difference was found in involvement in forest planning and forestry work. Even though gender differences were evident on multiple levels, involvement in forest issues and forest planning were found to be most important for explaining gender differences in forest risk management. By disentangling predictors of gender differences in private forest risk management, this study may contribute to a more strategic gender approach to forest risk governance.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 33, no 7, p. 716-723
Keywords [en]
Gender, private forest risk management, structural variables, socialpsychological variables, forest involvement variable
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146107DOI: 10.1080/02827581.2018.1453944ISI: 000442415500010Local ID: 881251OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-146107DiVA, id: diva2:1194234
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Social perspectives on forest risks
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2012-370Available from: 2018-03-29 Created: 2018-03-29 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved

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