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Ecological Justice Research Group

This research group represents all 5 of the University’s academic schools and several professional services departments.

Ecological justice is the recognition that social justice and environmental issues are tightly intertwined – that the most vulnerable in society suffer the first and worst consequences of climate change and environmental degradation.

Therefore the solutions too need to be intertwined, learning from multiple disciplines, cultures and forms of knowledge.

Hosted within the Institute for Social Justice, the Ecological Justice Research Group (EJRG) is an energetic, supportive and diverse group of staff and postgraduate researchers, representing all 5 of the University’s academic schools and several professional services departments.

Formed in summer 2021, the group’s initial research emphases are:

  • The University as a Living Lab: developing the pedagogical and research potential of the campus environment as a place, an ecosystem, a community and a design challenge. The group will pilot this approach through an interdisciplinary project in spring 2022, involving students from multiple schools, investigating the issue of local air quality through the lenses of citizen science, performance, global justice and spatial politics. This project builds on earlier pedagogical action research by EJRG members (Cunningham, Heinemeyer, Parks and Szilagyiova) into York St John students’ expectations, anxieties and sense of agency in relation to ecological justice, which highlighted students’ desire to engage actively with the campus environment.
  • Community and youth activism, ecological anxiety and the climate movement: the intersections between education, psychology and advocacy.
  • Arts/science collaboration in exploring sustainable futures.

Other recent initiatives or events organised by the EJRG include:

Get in touch

Membership of the EJRG is open to all York St John staff and postgraduate researchers. Contact coordinators Cath Heinemeyer and Jude Parks for further information.

Group members

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Dr Cath Heinemeyer

Group coordinator, Lecturer in Arts and Ecological Justice

Jude Parks

Dr Jude Parks

Group coordinator, Senior Lecturer in Geography

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Dr Olalekan Adekola

Senior Lecturer in Geography

Dr Andy Atkins

Senior Lecturer in Education

Clare Cunningham

Dr Clare Cunningham

Senior Lecturer in Languages and Linguistics

Professor Abi Curtis

Professor of Creative Writing

Mark Dawson

Dr Mark Dawson

Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

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Dr Sarah-Jane Gibson

Postdoctoral Researcher for Ethno Research, Lecturer in Music

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Dr Morag Galloway

Lecturer in Music

Sarah Williams

Energy and Environmental Projects Officer, Estates Department

Elaine Harvey

Senior Lecturer in Dance

Lucy Hurst

Postgraduate Researcher in Creative Writing

Manjinder K Jagdev

Senior Lecturer in Education

Sharon Jagger

Sharon Jagger

Lecturer in Religion

Liesl King

Dr Liesl King

Associate Head: Creative Writing, Media and Film Studies

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Linda Mason

Senior Lecturer in Education

Ester McIntosh

Professor Esther McIntosh

Professor of Feminist Theology and Ethics, Associate Head of Humanities: Religion, Politics and International Relations

Clare Nattress

Lecturer in Graphic Design

Sam Pheby-McGarvey

Business Development Coordinator

Claire Pickard

Postgraduate Researcher in the Institute for Social Justice

Vicki Pugh

Communications Assistant

Natalie Quartermass

Postgraduate Researcher in Theatre and Environmental Justice

Dr Adam Odell

Senior Lecturer in Biosciences

Adam also leads the Disease Detection and Prevention (DDaP) Group.

Dr Tom Ratcliffe

Lecturer in York Business School

Yumino Simpson

Environmental Management Officer, Estates Department

Dr Silvia Szilagyiova

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Claire Wright

Lecturer in Science, Technology and Health

Charles Taylor


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Helen Turner

Associate Head: Fine Art

Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson

Senior Lecturer in Education