Global Environment / Climate Justice

Environmental and Climate Justice Studies Research Hub

John Foran, Ken Hiltner, Melody Jue, anne-elise lewallen, David Pellow, Tess Shewry, and Richard Widick, conveners


Global warming, climate change, and environmental destruction are pressing global social problems nested inside a historical moment characterized by increasing economic insecurity, racial and gender formations of rising inequality and unequal access to all forms of well-being, failing political institutions, degradation of human rights and public discourse, and seemingly intractable, pernicious forms of structural, institutional violence that cut across and exacerbate each of these existential concerns.

The EJ/CJ research hub studies these global contours of environmental and climate injustice, investigates their deep structures and histories, and seeks to intervene in their current political, cultural, economic, and social practices and discourses by engaging the social movements, discursive productions, and policy measures that address them.

Our collective efforts proceed by producing critical knowledges; building transformative knowledge networks that bridge the academic, social movement, and policy domains; and actively intervening publicly in each of these crucial arenas.

How a (nearly) zero-carbon conference can be a better conference  


Other UCSB-based projects supported by the Orfalea Center that constellate around the theme of environment, energy, sustainability, and climate justice:


Project: "Energy Challenges: Development and Climate Change in Global Perspective" (Orfalea Research Cluster)


Project: Global Climate Change, Human Security & Democracy (external grant-funded project of the Orfalea Center)


Project: “Transnational Politics and Social Movements of Climate Justice” (of which one facet is an Orfalea Research Cluster)

Orfalea Research Cluster Project report

project event:

Ethographic Agitations: On the horizon of emergent global climate governance
Dr. Richard Widick, Orfalea Center Visiting Research Scholar

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
Venue: SSMS 2135



Project: "Coastlines as Energy Landscapes: Governance and Uncertainty in Offshore Wind Energy" (Orfalea Research Cluster)


Managing Coastal Environments: Organizational Responses to Uncertainty
April 20-21, 2015, UC Santa Barbara, Bren Hall, Room 4016

Monday, April 20

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction
Simone Pulver, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, UCSB

Session 1 – Uncertainty, Organizations and Coastal Planning
9:30-11:00 Panel 1: Planning in Changing Coastal Environments
Kristin Dow, Professor of Geography, University of South Carolina
Anita Engels, Professor of Sociology, University of Hamburg

11:00-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:45 Panel 2: Institutional Geographies and Organizational Logics
Christian Kuhlicke, Helmholz Center for Environmental Research
Emily Eisenhauer, Office of Civic and Community Engagement, University of Miami

12:45-1:45 Lunch

Session 2 – Innovations in Characterizing Uncertainty in Coastal Management
1:45-3:15 Panel 3: Uncertainty and Ecosystem Services Trade-offs
Ben Halpern, Professor, Bren School, UCSB
Becca Gentry, Graduate Student, Bren School, UCSB

3:15-3:30 Coffee break

3:30-5:00 Panel 4: Uncertainty in MarineMap/SeaSketch
Will McClintock Lab, Marine Institute, UCSB
Andrea Ballatore, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Center for Spatial Studies, UCSB

Tuesday, April 21

Session 3 – Managing New Coastal Uses
9-10:30 Panel 5: Offshore Wind Energy
Max-Peter Menzel, Junior Professor of Geography, University of Hamburg
Tammy Elwell, Graduate Student, Geography, UCSB

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

Session 4 – Managing Coastal Environments Revisited
10:45-12:15 Panel 6: Current Practice and Future Directions
Ryan Meyer, Senior Scientist, California Ocean Science Trust
David Lopez-Carr, Professor of Geography, UCSB