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.

Next topic: 

Tuesday 18/05 at 4.30pm – “In but not of? Reaching for environmental Justice in the neoliberal university” – convened by Mollie Baker.

This next session presents a conversation between three guest speakers with differing relationships and experiences relating to activism, higher education and environmental justice. Joining us for this conversation will be Dr Mary Murphy (Faculty of Education), Thomas Vergunst (Programme Director at Cambridge institute for Sustainability Leadership) and Clem von-Stengel (Zero Carbon Cambridge). 
During the meeting, we will focus on the question of what it means to be “in but not of” the university, speculating how and in what ways the activist identity is created, sustained and contingent.

All welcome, including those who were not able to join our previous sessions!
Zoom details are as follows:
Meeting ID: 944 1789 5705 Password: 172147

Reading references:

Main reading: Romano, S. T., & Highby, W. (2018). Environmental Activism of Teacher-Scholars in the Neoliberal University. New Political Science40(3), 581–598. https://doi.org/10.1080/07393148.2018.1487112

Additional readings (these can be skim read): 

Rhodes, C., Wright, C., & Pullen, A. (2018). Changing the World? The Politics of Activism and Impact in the Neoliberal University. Organization25(1), 139–147. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508417726546

Macfarlane, B. (2021). The conceit of activism in the illiberal university. Policy Futures in Education, 147821032110034. https://doi.org/10.1177/14782103211003422

Title:  With the Sea we Rise, 2021 by Rachel Wooller. Metal, plaster, foam. 

Artwork created in response to the launch of the Education and Environmental Justice series of readings and seminars from repurposed materials.  

Topics and events:

DateTopicActivityDetails
February / March 2021

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

Seminar  “What might be the causes and consequences of the racialisation of environmental issues?:
09 Mar
Readings:
– 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 and Dr. Mary Murphy (Faculty of Education – University of Cambridge)
March / April 2021State education, petro-pedagogy and Environmental Justice – convened by Dr Haira Gandolfi.Reading:
16 Mar

Seminar:
13 Apr
Readings:
– 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

Seminar:
18 May
Readings:
– Romano, S. T., & Highby, W. (2018). Environmental Activism of Teacher-Scholars in the Neoliberal University. New Political Science40(3), 581–598. https://doi.org/10.1080/07393148.2018.1487112

– Rhodes, C., Wright, C., & Pullen, A. (2018). Changing the World? The Politics of Activism and Impact in the Neoliberal University. Organization25(1), 139–147. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508417726546

– Macfarlane, B. (2021). The conceit of activism in the illiberal university. Policy Futures in Education, 147821032110034. https://doi.org/10.1177/14782103211003422

Speakers: Dr Mary Murphy (Faculty of Education) in a conversation with Thomas Vergunst (Programme Director at Cambridge institute for Sustainability Leadership) and Clem von-Stengel (Zero Carbon Cambridge).
June / July 2021Environmental policy, curriculum and education  convened by PhD students Taylor Hughson and Alexandre da Trindade.Reading:
01 Jun

Seminar:
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