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Institute for Social Justice

Ecological justice

Our research into ecological justice.

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.

Our current projects are:

Ecological Justice Research Group

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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.

The group is interested in community and youth activism, ecological anxiety, the climate movement and arts/science collaboration in exploring sustainable futures.

To find out more, visit Ecological Justice Research Group.

Suitcase Stories

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The Suitcase Stories project explores climate adaptation through participatory storytelling with young people. 

It is a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded public engagement project that used storytelling to explore climate adaptation with young people.

To find out more, visit Suitcase Stories.

Living Lab

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Living Lab is an interdisciplinary network in which university students and staff collaborate with local organisations and policymakers to investigate and tackle real-life local problems.

For our first Living Lab, students and staff from 9 different subjects collaborated to investigate local air quality, culminating in a public festival in which they shared their proposed solutions with policymakers and the public.

To find out more, visit Living Lab.

Sustainability Stories: Investigating the UK creative industry and communication of sustainability

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Sustainability Stories explores how professional communicators within the creative sector can advance public knowledge about sustainability and climate change challenges through the stories they develop.

Lead by Dr Alexandra Dales, the team developed a theorised, structured framework for communicators to utilise when seeking to unpack climate and societal sustainability issues, or to convey to audiences progressive and alternate future pathways for combating the climate emergency. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through XR Stories 'Creative Media Labs: Innovations in Screen Storytelling in the Age of Interactivity and Immersion' at the University of York.

To find out more, visit Sustainability Stories.