CFP: Examining inequalities in contexts of environmental degradation

Call for Papers

Development Studies Association Annual Conference University of Manchester, 27-29th June 2018


Convenors: Clare Barnes and Sam Staddon (University of Edinburgh) and Paola Ballon (University of Oxford) Chair: Fiona Nunan (University of Birmingham)

Processes of environmental degradation in the Global South, such as land use change in forests or coastal ecosystems, overfishing, groundwater exploitation or climate change, can create or reinforce social, cultural, political and/or economic inequalities. Likewise, multifaceted inequalities in societies from individual or group levels up to national scales, can influence the form and outcomes of environmental degradation. The relationship between inequalities and environmental degradation can be mediated by institutions; policies; macro, meso and micro social and political processes; the uneven presence of state and non-state actors etc. It becomes especially important to analyse these complex interwoven processes in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as policies and practices could demand trade-offs between reducing inequality and halting degradation, or indeed create win-wins. This panel welcomes papers which examine aspects of the complex interrelationships between multifaceted inequalities, both vertical and horizontal or group-based, and environmental degradation and/or access to natural resources, or governance initiatives and practices which directly or indirectly affect such relationships. Various frameworks could be employed such as environmental justice, law, political ecology, political economy, economics or institutional analyses. Group-based inequalities could be assessed among ethnic, racial, and communal groups in an integral effort to understand its linkages, causes and consequences with environmental degradation. The panel will create a space for dialogue between scholars and practitioners exploring these questions using different frameworks and with diverging theoretical or empirical foci.

The panel is organised by the DSA Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Study Group.


To propose a paper for this session, please do so through the DSA online system (click on the ‘Propose paper’ tab near the bottom of the page) Please note, proposals CANNOT be submitted by email to the convenors:

Proposals should contain your paper title, an abstract of up to 300 words, and your name(s), institution(s) and email address(es). We looking forward to hearing from you!


The deadline for submissions is the 5th March 2018

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