Clara Esteve Jorda

affiliated with the university

Visiting research fellow

Research areas and keywords


  • Ecofeminism(s), Gender, Constitutional Law, Property, Political ecology, Common Goods, Anthropocene

Professional work

Clara is a visiting Phd student at the Lund Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) in Autumn 2021.
She is a pre-doctoral researcher with a Martí i Franquès contract in the Department of Public Law at the Rovira i Virgili University (URV, Spain). 

She holds a bachelor degree in Law from the URV and a Master's degree in Environmental Law from the Centre d'Estudis de Dret Ambiental de Tarragona (CEDAT).


Her PhD dissertation deals with the introduction of an (eco)feminist perspective into the discourse of the Anthropocene, the new era we would have entered. The hypothesis is that the main cause of the degradation of the planet is the social metabolism promoted by patriarchy, in its alliance with capitalism. On the basis of possessive individualism, the pattern of private property has ultimately generated hierarchies, exclusions and forms of appropriation of natural resources, bodies and peoples, leading to the crisis of sustainability and justice that we are experiencing today.

In this context, law plays a fundamental role, as an institutional system that legitimises the depredation of nature and the oppression of women. Thus, gender perspective should be incorporated in the changes that law must face in the Anthropocene, not only for reasons of social justice, but also for the sake of sustainability. However, that law is not the panacea for this crisis. In this sense, ecofeminist movements and practices that preserve the land, reclaim common spaces and politicise productive and reproductive life can provide the necessary inspiration for this paradigm shift.

Some of the research questions are: How has patriarchy intervened in the generation of the Anthropocene? How does (private) property legitimise the current crisis of sustainability and social justice? What is the role of law in this scenario? Which voices define the path to sustainability? How does gender play a role in the capacity to respond to environmental changes? How can ecofeminisms inspire a reconceptualization of law, property, social organisation and access to resources?