Sub-theme Coordinator: Derek Bell, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Researchers in Newcastle address questions such as: what role can law and regulation play in remedying perceived environmental or social injustices? Is the law and regulation an appropriate tool in attempts to address injustice? Addressing these questions requires a deeper understanding of justice and its parameters, linking this theme closely to the Governance Theme.
We also study the fair distribution of environmental benefits and burdens. At the global level, we are examining fair principles for a Post-Kyoto climate treaty. More locally, we are working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to promote socially just decision-making in the transition to a low carbon economy and society.
Professor Simin Davoudi and Dr Elizabeth Brooks were commissioned by Newcastle City Council's Fairness Commission in 2012 to write a report on Environmental Justice and the City.
The executive summary of this report is now available and can be downloaded here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/assets/documents/EnvironmentalJusticeintheCitySummary.pdf
You can download a full version of the report here.
For more information on the Fairness Commission please see: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/socialrenewal/fairnesscommission/
Derek's research interests are the ethics and politics of climate change, including theories of global climate justice, the ethics of climate policies, institutional design and climate politics, the local politics of climate change, environmental citizenship and climate change. Derek is also interested in political philosophy and the environment, including political liberalism and the environment, environmental justice, environmental citizenship, democracy and the environment, ecological space and global justice. Derek’s current work includes:
Anil is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Senior Lecturer in Transport and Sustainability at Newcastle University. He is particularly interested in traffic emissions, air quality modelling, environmental justice and health. He has been involved in environmental assessment of many land-use and transport policies (including road user charging)and has developed a suite of models to facilitate modelling and mapping of traffic emissions (CO2, other gaseous pollutants and particles) and air quality. He has developed software for multi-criteria decision analysis of transport scenarios producing strategic environmental and health assessments. The modelling tools have previously been applied to address sustainability issues associated with local and regional land use and transport policies. He has also been actively engaged in international research and has close links with academics and researchers in India, USA and Sweden. Current projects include:
Thom is interested in political and legal philosophy and specific research interests include: capabilities approach; criminal justice and punishment; global justice and international affairs (including just war); feminism and multiculturalism; and Rawls and political liberalism. His publications include Hegel's Political Philosophy: A Systematic Reading of the Philosophy of Right (2007, paper 2009, 2nd ed 2012) and Punishment (2012). He has several edited books, including Rousseau and Law (2005), The Legacy of John Rawls (with Fabian Freyenhagen) (2005), Locke and Law (2007), The Global Justice Reader (2008), The Right to a Fair Trial (2009), Ethics and Moral Philosophy (2011), New Waves in Ethics (2011), Global Justice and International Affairs (2012), Hegel's Philosophy of Right: Ethics, Politics, and Law (2012), Justice and the Capabilities Approach (2012), and Rawls and Law (2012). His current book project is on Rawls's Political Liberalism and co-edited with Martha C. Nussbaum. Future work is in the areas of capabilities, global justice, political liberalism, and punishment.
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