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University of East Anglia Global Environmental Justice Group

A Decolonial Environmental Justice reading list

We have collated this reading list of articles and books which would be useful for people interested in exploring decolonialism in Environmental Justice research. If you have other recommendations to be added to this list, please send them to the group coordinator.

Alvarez, L. and Coolsaet, B. (2018). Decolonising Environmental Justice Studies: A Latin-American perspective. Capitalism Nature Socialism: 1-20. 

Escobar, A. (1998). Whose Knowledge, Whose nature? Biodiversity, Conservation, and the Political Ecology of Social Movements. Journal of Political Ecology, 5:53-82.

Fraser, J. (2018). Amazonian Struggles for RecognitionTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers 43(4):718–732.

Leff, E. (2003). Latin American Environmental Thought: A Heritage of Knowledge for Sustainability. ISEE Publicación Ocasional, South American Environmental Philosophy Section, No. 9.  

Pulido, L. and De Lara, J. (2018). Reimagining ‘Justice’ in Environmental Justice: Radical Ecologies, Decolonial Thought, and the Black Radical TraditionEnvironment and Planning E: Nature and Space 1(1–2):76–98.

Rodríguez,  I. and Inturias, M. (2018). Conflict transformation in indigenous peoples’ territories: doing environmental justice with a ‘decolonial turn’. Development Studies Research, 5(1):90-105.

Rodriguez, I. (2017). Linking well-being with cultural revitalization for greater cognitive justice in conservation: lessons from Venezuela in Canaima National Park. Ecology and Society, 22(4):24.

Rodriguez, I. and Inturias, M. (2016). Cameras to the people: reclaiming local histories and restoring environmental justice in community based forest management through participatory video. Alternautas, 3(1):32-49.

Santos, B. (2008). Another knowledge is possible: beyond northern epistemologies. Verso: London

Santos, B., Arriscado, J. and Meneses, M.P. (2008). Introduction: Opening Up the Canon of Knowledge and Recognition of Difference. In: Boaventura De Sousa, Another knowledge is possible: beyond northern epistemologies. Verso: London.

Smith, L. (1999). Decolonizing methodologies: Research and indigenous peoples. Zed books.

Temper, L. and Del Bene, D. (2016). Transforming knowledge creation for environmental and epistemic justice. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 20:41-49.

Ulloa, A. (2017). Perspectives of Environmental Justice from Indigenous Peoples of Latin America: A Relational Indigenous Environmental JusticeEnvironmental Justice 10(6):175–180.

Visvanathan, S. (1997). A Carnival for Science: Essays on science, technology and development. London: Oxford University Press.

Special issue (2019): Environmental Justice and Epistemic Violence. Local Environment 24(2):89-145.