Institute of Australian Geographers with the New Zealand Geographical Society Joint Conference, 30 June – 2 July 2014, University of Melbourne, Australia
Session Organizers: Gareth Edwards*, Donna Houston^ & Sara Fuller^
* University of St Andrews, UK ^ Macquarie University, Australia
In both academic and policy circles, climate justice is emerging as an important concept guiding both mitigation and adaptation. While the early academic literature focussed on international and intergenerational questions of distributive justice in the context of intergovernmental climate change negotiations (e.g. Gardiner, 2004; Paavola & Adger, 2006; Parks & Roberts, 2010), engagements with climate justice from geographers—particularly political ecologists and environmental justice scholars—have begun to mushroom (e.g. Bulkeley et al., 2013; Bulkeley et al., 2014; Chatterton et al., 2013; Forsyth, in press; Steele et al., 2012; Wainwright & Mann, 2013). Scholars have sought to develop more progressive theorizations of climate justice, to interrogate it in the context of critical theory, and to examine how it is being articulated by social movements as well as governments and their negotiators at the international climate negotiations.
Building on a similar session at the 2014 AAG in Tampa, this session seeks both theoretical and empirical papers addressing climate justice, in order to open up the geographical debate on this important discourse. We invite contributions that explore (but are not limited to) the following issues:
- Interrelations between climate justice and environmental justice
- Scale, governance and climate justice
- Activism and mobilisations around climate justice
- Climate justice and southern theory – how is climate justice articulated in the south?
- Climate justice and ‘more-than-human’ geographies
- Climate justice and Indigenous knowledges/research methodologies
- Climate justice and carbon-intensive resource development