Environmental justice analysis to advance rural landscape transformations in the face of climate change
Just Scapes investigates “just transformation” in rural Europe. We’re looking at the societal effects of rural land use responses to climate change, such as afforestation. We’re seeking to understand “justice barriers” to successfully implementing climate responses: where measures are not accepted locally, because they disproportionately impact on some groups of people, either economically or culturally.
Just Scapes uses interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary methods, from geography, psychology, political science, futures studies and creative writing. We’re conducting interviews, surveys, writing workshops and multi-stakeholder ‘Transformation Labs’ linked to ongoing policy consultations in each landscape.
Project website: https://just-scapes.uea.ac.uk
European rural environmental justice.Our literature review suggests that this is little-explored. We’ll contribute to addressing this gap – theoretically and empirically.
Interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary approach.From semi-structured interviews to surveys to creative writing – we’re seeking transdisciplinary, multifaceted findings in our Czech, French and Scottish fieldsites.
Justice and the existing policy landscape.Our multi-stakeholder ‘Transformation Labs’ will be tailored to real ongoing climate policy debates in each landscape – at both local and European-levels.
I am an environmental social scientist motivated by the challenge of finding ways to reconcile responses to global environmental crises with the needs and aspirations of local communities. Much of my research has been in the global South where protected area conservation has often imposed costs on local communities, through reduced access to and control over local landscapes. The Just Scapes project continues this concern for environmental justice, exploring how transformation to net zero carbon can be done fairly in rural Europe.
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