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Rautio, A.; Kukarenko, N.; Nilsson, L.M.; Evengard, B. Climate Change in the Arctic—The Need for a Broader Gender Perspective in Data Collection. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 628.

Climate change in the Arctic : the need for a broader gender perspective in data collection

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Author: Rautio, Arja1,2; Kukarenko, Natalia3; Nilsson, Lena Maria4;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
2Thule Institute, University of the Arctic, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
3Department of Philosophy and Sociology, Northern Arctic Federal University, 163002 Arkhangelsk, Russia
4Arcum, Arctic Research Centre, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
5Department of Clinical Microbiology, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
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Language: English
Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-03-29


Climate change in the Arctic affects both environmental, animal, and human health, as well as human wellbeing and societal development. Women and men, and girls and boys are affected differently. Sex-disaggregated data collection is increasingly carried out as a routine in human health research and in healthcare analysis. This study involved a literature review and used a case study design to analyze gender differences in the roles and responsibilities of men and women residing in the Arctic. The theoretical background for gender-analysis is here described together with examples from the Russian Arctic and a literature search. We conclude that a broader gender-analysis of sex-disaggregated data followed by actions is a question of human rights and also of economic benefits for societies at large and of the quality of services as in the health care.

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Series: International journal of environmental research and public health
ISSN: 1661-7827
ISSN-E: 1660-4601
ISSN-L: 1661-7827
Volume: 18
Issue: 2
Article number: 628
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18020628
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Funding: This work was supported by the Nordforsk Centre of Excellence CLINF (grant number 76413).
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