Organised by the Global Environmental Research Group from UEA's School of International Development, this one-day workshop will consider the opportunities and methodological challenges of using a Global Environmental Justice (GEJ) perspective to conduct critical environment and sustainable development research. The discussion will be anchored within an intellectual case that GEJ is a new analytical lens, developed by researchers at the GEJ group along with our network of collaborators, to examine place-based environmental struggles in relation to larger political and economic processes. The advantage of the global environmental justice approach lies precisely in its potential to combine, intersect as well as transcend scales, bringing in a refreshing hybridity to any research exercise. Themes explored will include the main epistemologies around global environmental justice, examples of innovative applications of combined methodologies for studying GEJ as well as critical exploration of what actually doing GEJ research might involve from a wide range of practical fields (forestry, water, biodiversity and so on). Please follow the link to find out more about the workshop Teaching Team. When your registration has been confirmed, you will be able to access the Online Repository and Forum for this course.
Timetable for the Day
The workshop will be organised in three sessions combining open discussions, interactive presentations, breakout group activities and paired work.
10.00am: Session 1 - Welcome and Introductions followed by Open Discussion and Interactive Presentations
The first session will start with a discussion centred on the question: 'What is peculiar to environmental justice research'? All students will need to come prepared to contribute to this session. It will move onto an interactive presentation on 'Interdisciplinary methods for researching environmental justice' (delivered by Adrian Martin) and will conclude with a Q&A.
1.15pm: Session 2 - Interactive Presentations
After lunch, the second session will begin with two presentations on the 'Epistemology of social and environmental justice' (delivered by Mark Zeitoun) and 'Participatory methods in environmental/cognitive justice research' (Iokine Rodriguez), with time for a Q&A. These presentations will raise issues and questions to be considered by participants in Session 3.
2.30pm-5.00pm: Session 3 - Breakout Groups, Paired Work, and Concluding Plenary (including Coffee!)
The third session will be comprised of three parts. In the first part, students will work in small groups of four (faciltated by a UEA PGR student in International Development) and will be asked to address the question: 'How can environmental justice be used to frame your research'? In the second part, each group will be further sub-divided into pairs in order to further consider how their own research projects might benefit from drawing on a perspective of global environmental justice. The third part will take the form of a plenary and will aim to reconsider the key questions that have been raised and discussed throughout the day.
Fees, Contact & Booking Details
For further details or questions about the academic content of this workshop please contact the academic lead, Dr Vasudha Chhotray, in the first instance at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr Simon Watts, PGR Training Coordinator for the Faculty of Social Science can also be contacted at: email@example.com. The workshop is free to PGR students at UEA, and the Universities of Essex, Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Royal Holloway, Reading, Goldsmiths, Roehampton, & City University. Fees are otherwise £30 per day for PGR students and £60 per day for all other attendees. The whole week of four courses can be booked at a reduced daily rate of £120 for PGR students and £240 for all other attendees. Bookings can be made and payments arranged by e-mailing: SSF.AdvancedTraining@uea.ac.uk.