Environmental Justice Project Funded for 3 Years

Published by  Communications

On 21st Apr 2021

The Just-Scapes project has received €800,000 funding from SOLSTICE (JPI Climate), an EU funding stream. Just-Scapes is a three-year project exploring the meaning of “just transformations” in the face of climate change. It has sites in Scotland, France and the Czech Republic.

Just-Scapes takes an environmental justice approach to addressing climate change in rural areas. We’re seeing more and more ‘justice barriers’ across Europe when it comes to climate policies, which are seen as unfair by some inhabitants of rural areas. Policies are seen as having a disproportionate – and unfair – impact on low-income and rural households. For example, on March 19th rural workers protested in Scotland against environmentally motivated policies that they claim are harmful to the deer and grouse businesses.

Running until 2023, Just-Scapes will look at how to address these justice barriers in three very different European contexts: the deer-dominated Scottish Highlands; rolling agricultural landscapes in the Czech Republic; and an area of the French Pyrénées dominated by small cattle farmers.

Adrian Martin is leading Just-Scapes from within UEA, in collaboration with partners from the Catholic University of Lille, the European School of Political and Social Sciences (ESPOL), the Global Change Research Institute at the Czech Academy of Sciences, and INRAE (the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment).

The project will use interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methods – the team’s environmental expertise comes from a variety of fields. Just-Scapes will draw from geography, psychology, political science and futures studies, with creative writing workshops led by UEA’s Jean McNeil.

The team will conduct interviews, surveys and run transdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder ‘Just Transformation Labs’ that are linked to ongoing policy consultations in each of the three areas. 

For more information on the project visit the Global Environmental Justice website, or contact Kate Ryan, Just-Scapes communications officer. 

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