How we're going about it

Building a project that's multi-faceted and multilingual...

Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary

Just Scapes uses interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methods, combining novel humanities and social-science approaches and environmental expertise from geography, psychology, political science, futures studies and creative writing.

Empirical environmental justice analysis

Just Scapes will take an 'empirical environmental justice analytical framework'. This is an approach that has developed by UEA’s Global Environmental Justice research group (Sikor et al. 2014, Martin et al. 2016).

A key strategy of this approach is to break justice claims down into core components that can be examined using social scientific research methods. And, for the first time, we'll also be using creative arts methods as part of Just Scapes.

Conception of climate justice schematic image

Four strands of research over three years

We'll be interacting with the people living and working in our case-study sites in four different ways:

  1. 1. semi-structured interviews with stakeholders on each site
  2. 2. creative-writing workshops with a smaller group of stakeholders from each site
  3. 3. a cross-cultural survey, run across all three sites
  4. 4. 'Just Transformation Labs' – transdisciplinary spaces for co-learning/co-producing shared visions for each landscape.

Click here for a more detailed breakdown of what we'll be doing, when, over the three years.

Martin, A., Coolsaet, B., Corbera, E., Dawson, N.M., Fraser, J.A., Lehmann, I. and Rodriguez, I., 2016. Justice and conservation: the need to incorporate recognition. Biological Conservation, 197, 254-261.

Sikor, T., Martin, A., Fisher, J. and He, J., 2014. Toward an empirical analysis of justice in ecosystem governance. Conservation Letters, 7, 524-532.