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NOVA PhD Course "Environmental Justice" - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 12-16 Jun. 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Application deadline: 1 Jan. 2017.

The course is of 6 ECTS and is organised by Assistant Professor Mattias Borg Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Science.

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Course Description
Environmental inequities are demanding more attention than ever. This course aims to provide PhD students with theoretical perspectives and clear methodologies, to equip them to tackle diverse environmental injustices in terms of topic, scale and epistemologies. Drawing from the varied body work of critical geographers, political anthropologists and political ecologists, it will lay the foundation for future environmental justice (EJ) academics.

This course will present the evolution of the concept of EJ, from the realm of local advocacy to academia and from the US to the global context. It will complicate the notion of justice itself, drawing from philosophical traditions and engaging with epistemological conflicts. It will illustrate specific instances of environmental injustices in relation to topics such as pastoralism, forestry, chemicals and waste, climate change and extraction.

Students will be exposed to the realities of EJ advocacy groups that struggle to affect current environmental injustices. Groups working out of the Copenhagen area will present their work and respond to questions prepared in advance by participants.

Individual papers/projects will be handed in before the face-to-face course and be subject to peer-review, supplemented by tutor inputs.

Programme Outline
The first four course days will contain two interactive morning sessions in plenum. Afternoons will be comprised of two activities: i) engagement with EJ advocacy group (one per day); and ii) Peer-review of individual course papers in groups. Day five will feature a final lecture and closing remarks.

Main Teachers:

  • Associate Professor Jens Friis Lund, University of Copenhagen
  • Assistant Professor Mattias Borg Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen
  • Postdoc Rebecca Leigh Rutt, University of Copenhagen
  • Professor Andrea Nightingale, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Professor Tor Benjaminsen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Professor John Andrew McNeish, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Professor Jesse Ribot, University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Rebecca Hardin, University of Michigan

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 31. October 2016 - 18:12 - Updated 23. May 2017 - 19:12