Global Environmental Justice
The Global Environmental Justice research group is an interdisciplinary group of scholars interested in the linkages between social justice and environmental change, with a particular focus on the global dimensions of (in)justice. We study existing injustices in different areas of contemporary environmental management, looking at issues of access, property, values, knowledge, governance and social norms.
We are actively involved in envisioning new forms of environmental governance and social mobilization that enhance disadvantaged people's access to natural resources, participation in decision-making and social recognition. Our interest in identifying global connections and dynamics is combined with explicit attention to the specificity of local socio-environmental struggles.
The Global Environmental Justice Group covers different areas of work including:
Research on biodiversity conservation focuses on the trade-offs and dynamics between conservation and development objectives and analyses the different notions of justice at stake.
Our work on ecosystem management consists of understanding the different ways in which ecosystem services include and exclude different stakeholders, paying close attention to the way benefits of these management systems are (unevenly) distributed.
Energy and Climate Change
The research on Climate Change focuses on energy and climate justice. It looks at the key challenges of reconciling efforts to simultaneously tackle energy poverty and climate change.
Disasters and Recovery
This body of work analyses the ways recovery after major disasters can bring about new (and old) challenges in terms of justice for the poor majority.
Research on forest justice studies existing injustices in contemporary forest management, by paying particular attention to issues of access, property, and governance. It examines the linkages between social justice, inclusive livelihoods and forest conditions, particularly its global dimensions.
Hazards and Health
Research on environmental justice, hazards and health focuses particularly on the distributive injustices of environmental health risks, which include the causes of social differentiation in exposure, susceptibility and capabilities to respond to these.
Injustices between competing uses and users of water abound. A critical perspective on the principles and forces that guide the trade-offs involves inspection of power asymmetries and, at the international level, questioning the nature and effect (procedural and distributive justice aspects) of environmental 'cooperation' and 'hydro-hegemony'.