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Environmental Justice Analysis
Theories, Methods, and Practice

ISBN 9781566704038
Published September 21, 2000 by CRC Press
384 Pages

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Book Description

Is the environmental justice debate solely an economic issue? Is it a social issue as well as a moral, political, or science issue? In Environmental Justice Analysis: Theories, Methods, and Practice author Feng Liu suggests it is all of them. He presents a multi-perspective, multi-disciplinary, and inter-disciplinary approach to analyzing environmental justice issues.
Liu demonstrates how cutting-edge technologies and methods such as the Internet, Geographic Information Systems, and modeling tools can contribute to better equity analysis and policy evaluations. He focuses on the various methods of environmental justice research, providing you with an integrated framework for conducting rigorous equity analysis.
Environmental Justice has just been placed at the head of the environmental policy agenda. Federal governments have a mandate to analyze the impacts of federal policies, programs, and projects on groups and communities. Carefully and critically examining all aspects of the issue, Environmental Justice Analysis: Theories, Methods, and Practice provides you with a comprehensive and analytical treatment of theories and methods for analyzing and assessing environmental justice and equity issues.

Table of Contents

Environmental Justice, Equity, and Policies
The Environmental Justice Movement
Environmental Justice Policies
Environmental Justice Analysis
The Debate on Terminology
Overview of the Book
Theories and Hypotheses
Theories of Justice and Equity
Economic and Location Theories
Theories of Risk
Theories of Neighborhood Change
Methodology and Analytical Framework for Environmental Justice and Equity Analysis
Inquiry and Environmental Justice Analysis
Methodological Issues in Environmental Justice Research
Integrated Analytical Framework
Measuring and Modeling Environmental and Human Impacts
Environmental and Human Impacts: Concepts and Processes
Modeling and Simulating Environmental Risks
Measuring and Modeling Economic Impacts
Measuring Environmental and Human Impacts for Environmental Justice Analysis
Critique and Response of a Risk-Based Approach to Environmental Justice and Equity Analysis
Quantifying and Projecting Population Distribution
Population Measurements: Who are Disadvantaged?
Population Distribution
Population Projection and Forecast
Defining Geographic Unit of Analysis
The Debate on Choice of Unit of Analysis
Census Geography: Concepts, Criteria, and Hierarchy
Census Geography as a Unit of Equity Analysis: Consistency, Comparability, and Availability
Census Geography as a Unit of Equity Analysis: Which One?
Alternative Units of Analysis
Analyzing Data with Statistical Methods
Descriptive Statistics
Inferential Statistics
Correlation and Regression
Probability and Discrete Choice Models
Spatial Statistics
Applications of Statistical Methods in Environmental Justice Studies
Integrating, Analyzing, and Mapping Data with GIS
Spatial Measures and Concepts
Spatial Interpolation
GIS-Based Units of Analysis for Equity Analysis
Overlay and Suitability Analysis
GIS-Based Operationalization of Equity Criteria
Integrating GIS and Urban and Environmental Models
Modeling Urban Systems
Gravity Models, Spatial Interaction, and Entropy Maximization
Deterministic Utility, Random Utility, and Discrete Choice
Policy Evaluation Measures
Operational Models
Integrating Urban Models and Environmental Models for Environmental Justice Analysis
Equity Analysis of Air Pollution
Air Quality
Relationship Between Air Quality and Population Distribution: Theories, Methods, and Evidence
Spatial Interaction Modeling Approach to Testing Environmental Inequity
Equity Analysis of New National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Equity Analysis of Hazardous Waste Facilities, Superfund Sites, and Toxics Release Facilities
Equity Analysis of Hazardous Waste Facilities
Equity Analysis of CERCLIS and Superfund Sites
Equity Analysis of Toxics Release Facilities
Dynamics Analysis of Locally Unwanted Land Uses
Methodological Issues in Dynamics Analysis
Framework for Dynamics Analysis
Revisiting the Houston Case: Hypothesis Testing
Discussion of Alternative Hypothesis
Discussions and Conclusions
Equity Analysis of Transportation Systems, Projects, Plans, and Policies
Environmental Impacts of Transportation Systems
Incorporating Equity Analysis in the Transportation Planning Process
Transportation System Performance Measures
Equity Analysis of Mobility and Accessibility
Measuring Distributional Impacts on Property Values
Measuring Environmental Impacts
Equity Analysis of Transportation Policies
Environmental Justice of Transportation in Court
Trends and Conclusions
Internet-Based and Community-Based Tools
Trends and Conclusions

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"[The book] is an excellent and timely one. The major components in the overall organizational plan are excellent, i.e., the three major sections on theories, methods, and practice." -Robert B. Wenger, Professor Emeritus, Natural & Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

"The topic is important and while much has been written about environmental justice, most of it is polemical in nature. Dr. Liu has always performed solid, credible work and I believe this [book] would be comparable."
-Roger Raufer, Adjunct Professor, Systems Engineering and City and Regional Planning Departments, University of Pennsylvania

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