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This new book by Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, offers an exploration of the origins and subsequent development of the concept of just sustainability. Some of the key topics discussed include: food justice, sovereignty and urban agriculture; community, space, place(making) and spatial justice; the democratization of our streets and public spaces; how to create culturally inclusive spaces; intercultural cities and social inclusion; green-collar jobs and the just transition; and alternative economic models such as co-production.

The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held its 19th annual Conference of the Parties (COP 19) in Warsaw, Poland last fortnight. The conference, which saw mass walk-outs of around 800 people in protest over lack of ambition in negotiations, was intended to provide policy-makers with a platform to make critical decisions and set timeframes and milestones for reaching a new international climate agreement by 2015 to reduce emissions.

New research: key messages for policy-makers

By Bridget Elliott on 26th November 2013
Found in: Research and Resources

Research carried out by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) on behalf of Ofgem has developed a more sophisticated approach to assessing the impact of Government policy proposals on domestic gas and electricity consumers, and particularly on their fuel bills. Ofgem regularly carries out its own analysis of the likely impact of policy proposals on consumers' energy bills based on a simple national average (median) estimate of household electricity and gas consumption.

New book- ‘Energy Justice in a Changing Climate’

By Bridget Elliott on 12th November 2013
Found in: Research and Resources

This new book, edited by Karen Bickerstaff, Gordon Walker, and Harriet Bulkeley, draws on a substantial body of original research from an international collaboration of experts to address issues such as energy poverty, just innovation, aesthetic justice and the justice implications of low-carbon energy systems and technologies. It argues that energy justice is one of the most critical and yet least-developed concepts associated with sustainability.

'Justice and Fairness in the City' workshop

By Bridget Elliott on 1st October 2013
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 09:00 to 15:00

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne

This book presents a critique of the aims and policies for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The author argues how initiatives for REDD have been widely endorsed by policy-makers despite many of the social and governance aspects of it being implausible. In particular, the book deals with the issue of the feasibility of carbon trading and other incentives that encourage land-owners and indigenous people, particularly in developing tropical countries, to conserve forests, rather than to cut them down for agricultural or other development purposes.

The UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda was created in July 2012 with the purpose of establishing the best ways to reduce global poverty beyond 2015, the date at which the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire. This new report by the panel argues that a new development agenda should carry forward the spirit of the Millennium Declaration and the best of the MDGs, with a practical focus on issues such as poverty, hunger, water, sanitation, education and healthcare.

This World Resources Institute Working Paper is the second instalment in a series that forms the foundation of the ‘World Resources Report 2013-14: Creating a Sustainable Food Future’. The document contains preliminary research, analysis, findings, and recommendations aimed at stimulating discussion and critical feedback to influence on-going debate on emerging issues. This study examines how approximately 24 per cent of all calories currently produced for human consumption are lost or wasted.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 09:00 to Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 18:15

Worcester College, Oxford

Fabian Summer Conference- ‘Green Labour’

By Bridget Elliott on 25th June 2013
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 09:45 to 18:00

Royal College of Surgeons, London