Call for Papers: International workshop on “Narratives and practices of environmental justice” (6th to 8th June 2019)

The ongoing environmental crisis has strong implications for environmental justice. A relatively small and wealthy part of the global population claims an ever increasing share of the planet’s resources while polluting and destructing marine and terrestrial habitats. Negatively affected by these developments are especially those groups that are least responsible for them. Moreover, many of the dominant strategies to solve the crisis, either at the planetary, national or local scale, are based on market-driven efficiency logics that transfers the burden to regions with lower opportunity costs and less participation opportunities and political influence.

The concept of environmental justice became a popular narrative of advocacy groups fighting for fair distribution of toxic facilities in the US and has traveled around the world. By strategically employing collective action frames and narratives, social movement actors have categorized situations as unjust and have mobilized political support.

The aim of this workshop, organized by the Institute of Geography at Kiel University, Kiel Marine Science (KMS) and the Enjust Network for Environmental Justice emerging at Kiel University, is to advance ongoing debates on environmental and climate justice by focusing on narratives and associated practices, and to foster networking among scholars. First, we want to discuss the conceptualization of environmental justice by academic and non-academic actors in specific environmental conflicts. Second, we want to gain insights on the interrelations between narratives legitimizing environmental unjust outcomes and social practices reproducing them. Third, we are interested in the potential of “designing” narratives of environmental justice for emancipatory politics.

Main themes could include:

  • Narratives and discourses of environmental justice
  • Social movements, action frames and counter narratives
  • Narratives for a just transition
  • Environmental justice: concepts and theory
  • Environmental justice in the coastal and marine realm
  • Environmental justice and market-based conservation and restoration
  • Environmental justice and spatial planning including marine spatial planning

In the workshop, we welcome papers that provide theory-based empirical case studies linked to these topics. Moreover, we invite activists, planning and development practitioners to present their insights on ongoing environmental and climate justice campaigns and attempts to consider the concept of environmental justice in international cooperation and spatial planning. We especially welcome scholars and activists from the global South.

Abstracts of proposed papers (up to 400 words) may be submitted until October 31st to:

The workshop will take place from 6th to 8th June 2019 at Kiel University, Germany

For further information please contact Jonas Hein (

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