Course in Environmental Justice


Programme Description

Course in Environmental Justice


The world faces challenging environmental problems. They are challenging because different people typically contribute differently to environmental change and because its effects will be felt differently by different people in different places.

Understand environmental injustices

This free online course will help you understand how injustice is a common feature of many environmental problems. Over 5 weeks, we’ll look at deforestation, biodiversity loss, climate change and other environmental issues, asking questions such as:

  • Can we manage tropical forests to increase timber revenues and carbon stocks, while ensuring that the people who live in them can fulfil their own subsistence needs and vision of a healthy ecosystem?
  • How can protected areas strike the right balance between contemporary global interests in species conservation, local interests, the needs of future generations and rights of nature?

We’ll show that sustainable environmental management requires attention to justice - that we need to strike the right balance between the needs, interests, rights, and aspirations of various stakeholders today, and those of both nature and future generations.

Learn about UEA’s Global Environmental Justice Group

You’ll learn with the University of East Anglia’s Global Environmental Justice Group

  • Prof Adrian Martin
  • Dr. Vasudha Chhotray
  • Dr. Iokine Rodriguez
  • Dr. Oliver Springate-Baginski
  • Dr. Nicole Gross-Camp
  • Dr. Gareth Edwards
  • Dr. Brendan Coolsaet
  • Dr. Teresa Armijos

an interdisciplinary mix of scholars interested in the links between social justice and environmental change.

Through a series of films shot in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, you’ll meet environmental activists and find out how justice can be a powerful motivator for environmental action.

You’ll share your own experiences with other learners around the world, thinking about how you can put academic theory into practice, through course discussions, quizzes, and assignments.

The course will give you a taste of UEA’s MSc in Climate Change and International Development and MSc in Environment and International Development.

What topics will you cover?

  • Why environmental justice?
  • Justice as multi-dimensional
  • Principles of justice
  • Is justice political?
  • Odisha case study
  • A political activist’s perspective
  • EJ Atlas
  • Water justice
  • Forest governance from a local perspective
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Climate justice
  • Forest governance from a global perspective
  • Participatory video
  • Life plans

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain the dimensions of environmental justice
  • Evaluate different ideas of justice
  • Investigate local environmental justice struggles
  • Apply an environmental justice framing to global challenges
  • Explore practical techniques to empower marginalized communities
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 15, 2018
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