Gendered Narratives of Resistance

Dr Meg Sherval

These projects draw on research undertaken in Australia in the Hunter Valley, Gloucester and the Liverpool Plains of NSW and in Lancaster and Yorkshire in the United Kingdom over a number of years. They juxtapose the different rural locations against one another and compare the forms and motivations for resistance arising within coal, coal seam gas and shale gas communities. Using a legal geography lens, questions around identity, place and emotion are considered in light of contestation and governmental decision-making around securing energy futures.


Sherval, M. (2020) ‘Energising the Law-Greening of Fossil Fuels and the Rise of GenderedPolitical Subjects’, In: O’Donnell, T., Robinson, D. F., and Gillespie, J. (Eds)Legal GeographyPerspectives and Methods, Routledge, London, 240-257.

Sherval, M. (2020) ‘Activating rural spaces in the pursuit of unconventional energy and justice’,In: Carter, J., and Bartel, R. (Eds)Edward Elgar Handbook on Space, Place and Law, EdwardElgar, Cheltenham (in press).

Ey, M., Sherval, M., Hodge, P. (2018) 'Value, Identity and Place: unearthing the emotional geographies of the extractive sector', Australian Geographer, 48: 153-168.Sherval, M., and Hardiman, K. (2014) 'Competing Perceptions of the Rural Idyll: responses tothreats from coal seam gas development in Gloucester, NSW,Australia’,Australian Geographer, 45:185-203.

Sherval, M., and Graham, N. (2013) 'Missing the Connection: How SRLU Policy fragmentslandscapes and communities in NSW',Alternative Law Journal, 38: 176-180

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