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Environmental Justice

At Newcastle University we are leading critical research on pressing environmental issues

Environmental Justice

Scholars across the university are leading research with global and local partners to explore a diverse range of concerns including:

A variety of research groups, networks and projects have been established to tackle urgent environmental concerns. These include:  the Anthropocene Research Group; the Environmental Humanities Initiative; the Global Challenges Academy; the Global Urban Research Unit; the North East Coastal Community Resilience project; the Centres of Research Excellence (NUCoREs) on Climate and Environmental Resilience, Cities, and Energy; and the Global Challenges Research Fund hubs on Living Deltas, and Water Security and Sustainable Development.

Building on this inspiring work, the Institute for Social Sciences aims to bring scholars and practitioners together to make links and promote further interdisciplinary dialogue. Through a series of events and competitions, the Institute will specifically promote connection around the theme of Environmental Justice. Centering the question of ‘justice’ this theme encourages deepened interdisciplinary conversation on some of the following issues:

  • Intersections between environmental issues and other forms of justice, such as in relation to race, health, experience of space, energy, and education
  • Colonial dimensions of ecological crises such as climate breakdown, and greater collaboration with global South scholars and activists
  • Collective action and social movements for environmental justice, beyond ‘top-down’ governance and privatised consumption patterns
  • Arts and Humanities perspectives on environmental justice.

 If your work speaks to the theme of Environmental Justice, please keep an eye on our upcoming events and get in touch with Jen Bagelman


How just is our food consumption?

Food production encompasses a huge range of human and nonhuman activity on earth, and the effects of practices along the food production chain, have direct and indirect implications.


The Process of Fracking and Environmental Justice

Fracking, a method of extracting hydrocarbon fuels from deep rock formations using high-pressure liquid, was an issue of contention until the UK government issued a moratorium on all fracking activity in 2019.


Imagining a more environmentally just future

The realisation of environmental justice is dependent on and accompanied by evolutions in the ways in which we imagine and relate to the world around us.


Knowing and understanding environmental justice

Environmental degradation and improvement are felt unevenly by populations across the globe, and this disaggregated experience is an important consideration in environmental justice.


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences