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Environmental Justice

Key Issues, 1st Edition

Edited by Brendan Coolsaet


416 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Environmental Justice: Key Issues is the first textbook tooffer a comprehensive and accessible overview of environmental justice, one of the most dynamic fields in environmental politics scholarship.

The rapidly growing body of research in this area has brought about a proliferation of approaches; as such, the breadth and depth of the field can sometimes be a barrier for aspiring environmental justice students and scholars. This book therefore is unique for its accessible style and innovative approach to exploring environmental justice. Written by leading international experts from a variety of professional, geographic, ethnic and disciplinary backgrounds, its chapters combine authoritative commentary with real-life cases. Organised into four parts – approaches, issues, actors and future directions – the chapters help the reader to understand the foundations of the field, including the principal concepts, debates, and historical milestones. This volume also features sections with learning outcomes, follow-up questions, references for further reading and vivid photographs to make it a useful teaching and learning tool.

Environmental Justice: Key Issues is the ideal toolkit for junior researchers, graduate students, upper-level undergraduates, and anyone in need of a comprehensive introductory textbook on environmental justice.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of contributors



1. Introduction, Brendan Coolsaet

2. A History of Environmental Justice: Foundations, Narratives, and Perspectives, Esme Murdock

Defining and conceptualizing environmental justice

3. Distributive Environmental Justice, Alice Kaswan

4. Procedural Justice Matters: Power, Representation, and Participation in Environmental Governance, Kimberly R.M. Suiseeya

5. Recognition and Environmental Justice, Brendan Coolsaet and Pierre-Yves Neron

6. Capabilities, Well-Being, and Environmental Justice, Breena Holland

7. The Latin American Decolonial Environmental Justice Approach, Iokiñe Rodriguez

8. Degrowth and Environmental Justice: An alliance between two movements? Julien-Francois Gerber, Bengi Akbulut, Federico Demaria and Joan Martinez Alier

9. Sustainability and Environmental Justice: Parallel Tracks or at the Crossroads? Julie Sze

Issues of environmental justice

10. Toxic Legacies and Environmental Justice,Alice Mah

11. Biodiversity: Crisis, Conflict and Justice, Adrian Martin

12. Climate Justice, Gareth Edwards

13. Energy Justice, Rosie Day

14. Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Justice: Perspectives on Scholarship and Activism in the Field, Kristin Reynolds

15. Urbanisation: Towns and cities as sites of environmental (in)justice, Jason A. Byrne

16. Water Justice: Blatant grabbing practices, subtle recognition politics, and the struggles for fair water worlds, Rutgerd Boelens

Actors and subjects of environmental justice

17. Racial Minorities in the United States: Race, Migration, and Reimagining Environmental Justice, Lisa Sun-Hee Park and Stevie Ruiz

18. Gender Matters in Environmental Justice, Sherilyn MacGregor

19. Labour Unions and Environmental Justice: The Trajectory and Promise of Just Transition, Dimitris Stevis

20. Indigenous Environmental Justice: Anti-Colonial Action through Kin-Making, Kyle Whyte

21. Justice Beyond Humanity, Steve Cooke

Future directions of environmental justice

22. Critical Environmental Justic Studies, David Pellow

23. Sustainable Materialism and Environmental Justice, David Schlosberg

24. Mobilizing ‘Intersectionality’ in Environmental Justice Research and Action in a Time of Crisis, Giovanna Di Chiro


About the Editor

Brendan Coolsaet is Associate Professor of Environmental Politics at ESPOL, the European School of Political and Social Sciences at Lille Catholic University, France

About the Series

Key Issues in Environment and Sustainability

This series provides comprehensive, original and accessible texts on the core topics in environment and sustainability. The texts take an interdisciplinary and international approach to the key issues in this field.

Please get in touch with Rebecca Brennan ([email protected]), Annabelle Harris ([email protected]) or Hannah Ferguson ([email protected]) if you would like to submit a proposal.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy