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Theorizing climate justice and understanding NGO discourses in the UK and Australia

DEV Key Contact: Gareth Edwards

Project Dates: 2013 - 2014

Project status: Complete

Funder: British Academy/Leverhulme


Action on climate change has increasingly been framed in terms of justice, and scholars have argued that ‘climate justice’ entails much more than traditional questions of international distributive and intergenerational justice. In addition, they suggest that climate change action must employ just procedures, be aware that both vulnerability and responsibility vary considerably, and seek to overcome pre-existing patterns of advantage and disadvantage at a variety of scales. At the same time, NGOs have increasingly started using climate justice in both advocacy and campaigns.

Yet little is known about why climate justice has risen to prominence and there appears to be considerable diversity in how NGOs themselves frame the concept. In this context, this project seeks to develop our theorization of climate justice with reference to an empirical study examining how NGOs in the UK and Australia conceptualize climate justice.


Project Outputs:

Bulkeley, H., Edwards, G. A. S. & Fuller, S. (2014). Contesting climate justice in the city: examining politics and practice in urban climate change experiments. Global Environmental Change 25: 31-40.