First Advisor

Phillip Cooper

Date of Publication

Spring 5-16-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Affairs and Policy


Urban Studies and Planning




Leadership in women -- Burma -- Religious aspects, Women -- Political activity -- Burma, Women -- Burma -- Social conditions, Sustainable development -- Burma



Physical Description

1 online resource (vi, 256 pages)


This research focuses on women's leadership roles for sustainable development in crisis conditions with particular attention to the foundations of the leadership roles of women based in spirituality and religion. The research question for this study ask: How do religious and spiritual traditions contribute to the leadership roles of women that can be effective in building sustainable development in crisis conditions? The study uses a content analysis of a key body of women's writings from Burma. The findings from the data explain some of the ways in which spirituality and religion have played significant roles in promoting the leadership of women at the community level for sustainable development under crisis conditions. The study contributes to theory development by generating a set of propositions on the leadership roles of women drawing from religious and spiritual traditions that can be tested in other regions and countries. The study also offers a set of lessons for sustainable development practice.


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