A Research Agenda for Climate Justice

Paul G. Harris (ed.), A Research Agenda for Climate Justice (Edward Elgar, 2019), 185 pages, DOI: 10.4337/9781788118170. Climate justice is now an established area of scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries. However, despite the work of governments, activists and scholars to study and implement climate justice, the injustices of climate change – greenhouse gas pollution and the felt impacts of environmental changes resulting from that pollution – continue to increase. Realizing climate justice under these circumstances will require doing much more in the very near future; it will require new vision about the way forward. A Research Agenda for Climate Justice aims to foster and present a visionary and provocative research agenda that can help to illuminate alternative pathways for scholars, policymakers and activists. In addition to furthering climate justice as a scholarly field, the book seeks real-world impact: producing and sharing an agenda for research that can inform and guide the way forward for those doing the actual work of climate justice. A key aim is to stimulate innovative, alternative perspectives on climate justice – to explicitly avoid more of the same scholarship and more of the same policies.

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“There is no better analysis of the prospects of failure and success in climate justice.”

Holmes Rolston III, University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Colorado State University

“Theoretically rich as well as empirically based, … this is an important and timely contribution to the climate justice literature.”

Environmental Politics (vol. 29, no. 5, 2020)

“The writing throughout is animated by a sense of urgency and ethical purpose. This volume will interest scholars focusing on climate change, environmental policy, global environmental issues, and sustainability.”

J.L. Rhoades, Associate Director of the Environmental Studies PhD program and co-director of the Institute for International Conservation, Antioch University New England

Paul Harris has assembled a collection that examines important lingering questions in climate justice but also plots a new course for research in the field. Harris and his contributors explore how climate justice might be more broadly conceptualized and effectively advanced, extending the field’s focus well beyond the questions about burden-sharing among nation-states that dominated its first decade.

Steven Vanderheiden, University of Colorado, Boulder