With the environmental crisis widely accepted to be the definitional challenge of this century, and the landscape of social justice linked to this crisis now beginning to take shape, EEJ seeks to direct much needed attention to how educational research can respond to this multifaceted, transdisciplinary problem. The hope is that EEJ will serve to open a door into a vibrant space within the CPGJ cluster at the Faculty of Education for ongoing discussions about education and the environment, and geopolitical justice. To join the EEJ mailing list, please fill out the registration form.

All sessions will be recorded for use by the EEJ group to track how our thinking and theorizing develops.  The recordings will also be made available to a visual artist who will respond in 3D to the work as a way of recording the development of the group and the thinking that is taking place, including how it affects their own work as an artist. The artist’s work will feature in the monthly blogs that will be posted on the CPGJ website and will also be displayed at an exhibition at the end of the series in June 2021. Sessions will be held virtually until June 2021.

First topic: Race & Environmental Justice – convened by Dr Elsa Lee.

  • Reading group – Tuesday 23 February at 4:30pm GMT. This session will be facilitated by Dr Elsa Lee and will aim to open up some of the problems that link green and environmental justice movements.  For this session we ask that you read the Pulido paper which you can access here:  Pulido, L. (2016). Flint, Environmental Racism, and Racial Capitalism. Capitalism Nature Socialism, 27(3), 1–16.  https://doi.org/10.1080/10455752.2016.1213013. Kathryn Yusoff’s book “A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None” is an optional extra which the facilitator of the session will do a short summary of as a spur for further discussion.  
  • Work in Progress Seminar:  ESRC CW2GC “Environmental issues are white issues” – Tuesday 09 March at 4:30pm GMT. This session will be led by Dr Elsa Lee (Faculty of Education – University of Cambridge) and a guest speaker (to be announced). 

Upcoming topics and events:

February / March 2021

Race & Environmental Justice – convened by Dr Elsa Lee.Reading:
23 Feb

Work in Progress Seminar ESRC CW2GC:
09 Mar
– Pulido, L. (2016). Flint, Environmental Racism, and Racial Capitalism. Capitalism Nature Socialism, 27(3), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/10455752.2016.1213013

– Yusoff, K. (2018). A billion black Anthropocenes or none. Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press

Speakers: Dr Elsa Lee (Faculty of Education – University of Cambridge): ‘Environmental issues are white issues’  and a guest speaker TBC
March / April 2021State education, petro-pedagogy and Environmental Justice – convened by Dr Haira Gandolfi.Reading:
16 Mar

13 Apr
– Eaton, E. M., & Day, N. A. (2020). Petro-pedagogy: fossil fuel interests and the obstruction of climate justice in public education. Environmental Education Research, 26(4), 457-473. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2019.1650164

– Dunlop, L., Atkinson, L., Stubbs, J. E., & Diepen, M. T. V. (2020). The role of schools and teachers in nurturing and responding to climate crisis activism. Children’s Geographies, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2020.1828827

Speakers: Dr Haira Gandolfi (Faculty of Education – University of Cambridge) and Dr. Stuart Tannock (Environmental Education Research, UCL Institute of Education)
May 2021Youth environmental activism in Higher Education – convened by PhD student Mollie Baker.Reading:
04 May

18 May

To be announced
June / July 2021Environmental policy, curriculum and education  convened by PhD students Taylor Hughson and Alexandre da Trindade.Reading:
01 Jun

15 Jun

To be announced
June / July 2021Historical perspectives in environmental justice and education (convened by Dr. Mary Murphy)Reading:
29 Jun

Closing Seminar, Exhibition of Visual Archive, and Workshop:
06 Jul

To be announced