2. July 2019 – 3. July 2019 all-day Europe/Berlin Timezone


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are excited to share with you details of the 2019 Environmental Justice Conference ‘Transformative Connections’ to be held at University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 2 July – 4 July 2019.

The conference is hosted by UEA’s Global Environmental Justice group, with support from colleagues on our advisory board. The primary focus of the conference is connections between environmental justice and transformations to sustainability, with three main conference themes relating to connections across scales, movements and worldviews.

We welcome proposals for sessions and are open to suggestions as to what format these take, including talks, panel discussion, roundtables or workshop events. We are also calling for submission of abstracts for presentations.

The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2019. Submissions will be reviewed by the scientific advisory board with results communicated by 28 February 2019. Registration for the conference will open on 1 March 2019.

We would be delighted if you submit a session proposal or abstract and very much hope you can join us in Norwich next year.

For more information on cost please go to registration and conference fees.

With best wishes,

The Global Environmental Justice Group Conference Team



2 – 4 July 2019, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Environmental justice (EJ) research has made its key contributions to knowledge through the analysis of connections. The phenomenon of EJ is itself an intersection between a movement and an academic field of inquiry, whilst its primary analytical focus is the connection between social and environmental inequalities. Understanding connections across multiple dimensions of harm and discrimination has been fundamental to revealing the roots of environmental injustices and to building movements to counter these. Issues of distribution are routinely intertwined with matters of procedure and recognition; economic forces of discrimination systematically go hand in hand with discursive forces; intersections exist between divisions based on class, race, work, species, and gender; local or current analysis of injustice can generally be enriched through global or historical analysis; and environmental activism increasingly spreads across a multitude of connecting issues, including food, water, energy, natural resources, transport, or waste.

Such deep connections are also appearing in research into transformations to sustainability. For example, research into the characteristics of transformational change is beginning to theorise its multi-dimensional, multi-scalar and intersectional attributes. This includes academic-activist movements that oppose current developmentalist orthodoxies whilst also envisioning just transitions into alternative futures that cut across economic, cultural, political and ecological spheres. EJ 2019 will explore recent advances in the understanding of key intersections and will consider how these contribute to the current debates about ‘transformation to sustainability’. How can these directions in EJ scholarship inform debates about transformations? How does the pursuit of environmental justice help to bring about just transformations to sustainability? Does a focus on sustainability pose problems for environmental justice movements? The conference will explore three connective themes that are central to the agendas of both environmental justice and transformations to sustainability:

**Connecting Scales:** The globalisation of EJ analysis has been driven by the physical and human scales of environmental issues, including the political, cultural and economic mechanisms that produce unequal exposure to harms and access to benefits. EJ 2019 will explore new understanding of the connections between scales, for example through work drawing on telecoupling and environmental history or on the temporal and spatial characteristics of movements for transformations to sustainability.

**Connecting Movements:** High profile EJ protests such as Standing Rock have revealed deep-seated connections between movements focused on the environment, gender, race, indigeneity, labour, peace and so on. EJ 2019 seeks to develop more dynamic understandings of discrimination through work that examines the intersections of social chasms such as gender, race, species and class and, by doing so, reveals a more critical agenda for just transformations to sustainability.

**Connecting Worldviews:** EJ is fairly unique in being both a social movement and an academic field of enquiry, often producing knowledge through connected academic and activist inquiry. At the same time, unequal encounters between different types and sources of knowledge are themselves viewed as mechanisms for injustice. EJ 2019 welcomes research that connects academic and activist knowledge production through transdisciplinary approaches, as well as research that serves to counter hegemonic discourse, for example through decolonising environmental discourse and facilitating multi-worldview dialogues about alternative futures and just transitions towards them.




Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2019

Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2019

Registration: 1 March to 1 June 2019


Sessions are 90 minute slots which address one of the main conference themes or a closely related topic on environmental justice. They can take different formats including:

panel discussions
academic-activist roundtables
workshop events

Session proposals must include a description of the session (400 words), the name of the chair and/ or discussant, and (for panel discussions) four abstracts (each up to 400 words). The deadline for session proposals is 31 January 2019.

Session proposals will be reviewed by the scientific advisory board and accepted sessions will be notified by 28 February 2019.

Individual papers (abstracts)

We invite submission of individual abstracts of up to 400 words addressing one of the main conference themes or a closely related topic on environmental justice. The deadline for abstracts is 31 January 2019.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific advisory board and accepted abstracts will be notified by 28 February 2019.

Book presentations

We are planning to organise a ‘stand-up’ book presentation session during the conference. Book authors will give brief presentations of their new and forthcoming books. If you have recently published, or are about to publish, a book on environmental justice and would like to be part of this session, please submit a reference to the book and a 400 words abstract.

Please email your submissions to gej.group@uea.ac.uk.