Academic-Activist Co-Produced Knowledge for Environmental Justice (ACKnowl-EJ)
Project News: Briefing from the workshop ‘Think-Tank on Environmental Justice and Conflict Transformation’, University of East Anglia, 1-2 December 2016
Extractive activities, including mineral, biomass and fossil fuel extraction, cause wide-ranging social and environmental impacts, from the depletion of natural resources to social tensions and conflicts through threats to territories, communities and lifestyles. Community responses to these activities call into question who has the right to decide and whether any one vision of development should be imposed over others; at times they also present alternative perspectives on well-being.
In the face of global state and market failure to address the environmental crisis, a global movement for Environmental Justice (EJ) has been expanding and diversifying in recent years.
This network will emphasize and dissect the processes of knowledge production against ‘extractivism’ and towards transformative sustainability from the ground up, based on the assumption that therein lies the greatest potential for action and agency for dealing with environmental and social crises today.
Building on and broadening the path-breaking work on mapping global ecological conflicts of the Atlas of Environmental Justice, combined with in-depth collaborative research on how EJ is enacted in specific locations, the network emphasizes the transformative potential of citizen movements, ‘participatory’ approaches to environmental politics, and new institutional practices born from diverse knowledge systems, showing how alternatives are often born from resistance. The network also aims to create a forum for dialogue amongst alternative and transformative visions in various parts of the world.
Dr Leah Temper
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain
Mr Ashish Kothari
Kalpavriksh Environment Action group, India
This network received seed funding under phase 1 of the Transformations to Sustainability programme.
More on ACKnowl-EJ seed funded activities.