As part of its outreach and impact strategy, the Centre for Climate Justice actively engages with the public, the government, and the broader academic community.

Below are some of the events and initiatives in which we have been recently involved.

Post-doctoral research opportunities at the Centre for Climate Justice

24 October 2018

Glasgow Caledonian University has just announced an open call for a number of 2-year post-doctoral placements with GCU's research centres. This is a great opportunity to be part of a vibrant multi-cultural modern university which became the first University to frame its research strategy around the Sustainable Development Goals, issued by United Nations in 2015 and applying to all countries until 2030. GCU is placed amongst the top 150 modern Universities in the world (THE, 2017).

The Centre invites applications from candidates who would complement our current research programme with new and emerging topics in climate justice research. The deadline for applications is November 2, 2018. If you have any questions, you can contact the Centre staff at climatejustice@gcu.ac.uk.

Full job description can be found here.


Climate Week 2018: Centre involved in the Climate Justice Webinar organised by the Scottish Government and Adaptation Scotland

15 October 2018

On Friday, October 5, Michael chaired a webinar on domestic climate justice organised by the Scottish Government, Adaptation Scotland and Sniffer as part of Climate Week 2018. The panel featured two experts on climate justice - Katharine Knox, Director at Katharine Knox Consulting, and Kit England, Climate Ready Clyde Project Manager at Sniffer. The webinar included a short introduction by the chair, two short presentations by the panelists, and an interactive Q&A session with the audience. You can watch the full webinar video below.

Centre for Climate Justice to host a Climate Justice Education Knowledge Exchange Event in partnership with the University of Edinburgh's Moray House School of Education

9 October 2018

GCU-UEdin_logosOn November 30, 2018, the Centre for Climate Justice and researchers from Moray House School of Education will host a participatory Climate Justice Education Knowledge Exchange Event for teachers, policy makers, academics, activists and learners. The event, which will take place at GCU's Glasgow campus, will be an opportunity for participants to come together in a friendly environment to share their perspectives and to engage in conversation on the future of climate justice and sustainability across the Scottish education sector. The event will allow participants to exchange best practice and provide an opportunity to share our research findings. Coinciding with UNFCCC COP24 and the launch of the Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice, this event is designed to provoke discussion amongst the audience and in doing so aims to bring different voices, ideas and approaches into our research process. To learn more about the event and to register, please click here.


Investigating climate injustice in São Tomé and Príncipe: Centre for Climate Justice member awarded a Carnegie Trust research grant

CarnegieTrustLogoMichael, the Centre's post-doctoral researcher, has recently been awarded a Research Incentive Grant by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. As the Trust indicates, “the purpose of the Research Incentive Grants (RIG) scheme is to make it possible for an Early Career Researcher to undertake, as the Principal Investigator, a short research project, either of a stand-alone nature or in the form of an initial study that could be expected to lead to a more extensive project.” The grant, which amounts to £8,720, will fund a research project over an 8-month period titled “Investigating local resistance to climate change adaptation: Climate injustice in São Tomé and Príncipe.” It will critically examine the issue of local-level resistance to external climate change adaptation projects in the country, and seek to find avenues for making adaptation more responsive, legitimate and thus more climate-just in the future. The project will study the antagonistic relationship between a coastal village in São Tomé and Príncipe and a government-led adaptation project. Its findings will contribute to climate justice theory with a focus on the local scale, and seek to offer operationalizable recommendations for the international development sector.


Can microfinance achieve climate justice? A joint workshop held by GCU's Centre for Climate Justice and the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health

18 June 2018

ResearchWeek2018The Centre for Climate Justice and the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health co-hosted a workshop on the relationship between climate justice, access to clean energy and microfinance as part of GCU's Research Week 2018. Chaired by Michael, one of the Centre's staff members, the event featured short presentations on the concepts of climate justice and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), green microfinance (delivered by Usman Modibbo from GCU's Yunus Centre) and the barriers to electrification in the Global South (presented by Daria Freier, a PhD student in Climate Justice at GCU). The event also involved the audience breaking out into small groups to discuss the prospects for green microfinance to achieve the goals of climate justice and ensuring access to clean and affordable energy for all.

Centre for Climate Justice staff presented at the 50th Conference of Irish Geographers

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Kerry presented a research paper on urban spatial justice and at the 50th Conference of Irish Geographers in Maynooth, Ireland. The paper examined top down narratives of the smart-green city and bottom-up processes of urban commoning.

Centre for Climate Justice's participation in the ESRC extreme weather seminar in Dundee

DundeePanorama15 May 2018

‌Kerry spoke at an ESRC seminar in Dundee on emergency preparedness and resilience to extreme weather events in Scotland. The event included academics and practitioners involved in extreme weather planning and community resilience.

Centre for Climate Justice to facilitate a workshop at the 2018 Youth Climate Summit in Glasgow

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‌On Saturday, 28th April 2018, the Centre for Climate Justice will facilitate a workshop forming part of “Just for YOUth” – a Youth Climate Summit organised by the 2050 Climate Group in Glasgow. This year’s theme is Just Transition, with the event featuring four distinct workshops focused on this topic. The Centre will organise a session titled “Just Societies – engaging young people to build capacity for climate justice – examples of good practice,” which will invite the attendees to explore what it means for a society to be just and what role young people in particular can play in securing a climate-just future for Scotland and beyond. The event will also feature a Q&A session with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The 2050 Climate Group was formed in 2014 by a collection of young people passionate about tackling climate change in Scotland. Since then, the group has grown to become an award winning, volunteer-run charity and a movement of over 300 young people. More information on the event can be found here.

‌‌Centre for Climate Justice's Kerry Burton at Glasgow's Earth Day Celebrations

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Kerry gave an invited talk on urban climate justice as part of Glasgow’s Earth Day celebrations. The talk discussed the role of cities within global environmental change, as places of uneven climate impacts and as sites for resilience. The talk took place in Glasgow City Chambers.


Centre for Climate Justice PhD student presents his research at The Just Transition Conference

JustTransitionConf2018One of the Centre's PhD students - Makanjoula Majekodunmi - presented his research at The Just Transition Initiative Conference held on the 1st and 2nd of March in Edinburgh. The event was attended by many scholars and students from different parts of the world.  Majekodunmi’s presentation was on the Climate Just Transition for the Glasgow City Region. He presented his current PhD research of which the goal is to provide a deeper understanding of the interactions among the different measures for the mitigation of different climatic hazards within the Glasgow City region, with an emphasis on flooding and over-heating. His topic aligned nicely with the themes of the conference, including the impacts and inclusions of the Just Transition, fossil fuels and the transition, liability and the transition, resources and the transition, international transition issuesm and renewable energy and the just transition, and international commercial issues. Majekodumi said of his experience of attending the conference “I can say that the concept behind Climate Justice is constantly evolving and I learnt a lot about the various justice issues going on around the world”. 

Mary Robinson Annual Lecture 2018

MaryRobinsonThe first woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is a passionate, forceful advocate for gender equality, women’s participation in peace-building and human dignity. Mary is the founder of The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice; a centre for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for those people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change who are usually forgotten – the poor, the disempowered and the marginalised across the world. During her lecture at GCU which took place on February 14, 2018, Mary talked about the importance of intergenerational equity and climate justice education, and the necessity of adopting a 1.5 degree mindset when planning and carrying out climate policies across the planet. After the lecture, Mary met with the Centre for Climate Justice staff to discuss the next steps in achieving justice through the Centre's operations. Click here for a short interview with Mary which she delivered after the lecture.

The Centre for Climate Justice partners with Education Scotland to streamline climate justice in Scottish schools

EducationScotlandThe Centre for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University is partnering with Education Scotland to streamline climate justice education in Scottish schools. The Centre is organising a meeting for invited educators across all levels of primary and secondary education in Scotland with the goal of exploring the ways in which climate justice already features in the curriculum (including current practice and resources), what ideas educators may have for integrating it further into their teaching (e.g. in STEM, LfS and Young Workforce), and how the Centre for Climate Justice – through its expertise in climate justice research, teaching and outreach – can assist them in this work.

The adopted approach will be explicitly user-driven. The meeting will be an open, co-productive conversation between educators and academics on the kinds of assistance (resources, training, expertise, etc.) that schools require to effectively integrate the social justice aspects of climate change into their curricula. It will be followed by specific steps taken towards operationalising the issues discussed during the meeting in the form of pilot projects, competitions, CPD activities, or any other initiatives identified by teachers as necessary for delivering top-quality and inclusive climate justice education in Scotland.

The official launch of the Centre for Climate Justice with Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham MSP


“Tackling climate change is a moral imperative; it is a moral imperative for us all, individually, in our communities, in our nations, and globally.” The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham congratulated Glasgow Caledonian University for founding the Centre for Climate Justice at a special celebratory event today (Thursday, November 30). She welcomed the Centre in Scotland that reaches out to the rest of the world by driving projects which help to provide water for all in Malawi and safer alternatives to kerosene-based lighting. She said: “Climate Justice is a growing debate not just within Scotland but around the world. The contribution that could be made by this Centre is enormous as we are in at the early part of this debate. It’s really important that the University has grasped this with both hands.” The Cabinet Secretary called on students and communities to do their part to contribute to climate justice and to think of people whose lives are not as privileged. Watch a short video from the event here.

The Centre for Climate Justice to have an active presence at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana 2018

NewOrleansThe Centre for Climate Justice will organise two paper sessions and a panel during the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, which will take place between April 10 and 14, 2018 in one of the most symbolic cities for climate justice – New Orleans, Louisiana. The two paper sessions – Geographies of Climate Justice A and Geographies of Climate Justice B – will feature presentations that address the notion of climate justice from a theoretical as well as an empirical perspective. The panel, titled “Climate (In)Justice: The state of the debate,” will bring together some of the leading academic authorities on the subject, including Sonja Klinsky, David Schlosberg and Shangrila Joshi. As part of the Conference, Michael – one of our researchers – will also deliver a paper in the “Deconstructing the Climate-Security Nexus” session titled: “The discursive violence of adaptation: Constructing the vulnerable subaltern, creating the model subject.” The Conference will be a great occasion to popularise the concept of climate justice among the attendees and to create vital academic and professional connections with scholars from around the world.

The Centre for Climate Justice participates in the Glasgow Climathon 2017

Climathon2017On 27th October 2017, Michael Mikulewicz – a new researcher from the Centre for Climate Justice – participated in Glasgow’s first Climathon – “a global 24-hour climate change hackathon“ which took place simultaneously in major cities across the world. Local young people, along with leaders from academia, business and public authorities, worked together to address this year’s theme: Scotland’s transport system and how to move towards its eventual de-carbonisation. Michael delivered a presentation on the relationship between climate justice and sustainable transportation with a focus on the City of Glasgow, and formed part of the judges’ panel that selected the ultimate winner of the event. The award went to the team of Zero Mission – an app that rewards ethical and sustainable transport behaviour with points for real-life activities. The event was held at the City of Glasgow College and was organised by Glasgow City Council.

Presenting at the Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

SymposiumKenyaOn November 7-9, 2017, Michael – one of the Centre’s researchers – participated in the Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa which took place at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. Michael delivered a presentation titled: “Beyond Resilience: Adaptation as Equal Access to Power and Resources,” during which he talked about the climate justice implications of resilience thinking in the context of addressing droughts and other climate-related disasters in sub-Saharan Africa. The paper was based on Michael’s PhD thesis, for which he undertook fieldwork in Ethiopia and São Tomé and Príncipe.

Centre staff delivers a guest lecture for Geography students at the University of Manchester

MichaelUomOn November 24, 2017, Michael delivered a guest lecture for the undergraduate module in Development and Inequality at the University of Manchester, where he had obtained his own PhD in Human Geography. The lecture, titled “Development, Inequality and Climate Change,” talked about how climate injustice affects development efforts taking place at the local level, and was based on Michael’s fieldwork in sub-Saharan Africa. It also allowed students to learn more about the concept of climate justice and its various applications across multiple scales.

Professor Jafry wins prestigious Elsevier Atlas award

Award300x300Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) researcher Professor Tahseen Jafry has been awarded with a prestigious Elsevier Atlas for her published research examining water access and provision in Malawi and Zambia. Professor Jafry’s article ‘The role of social actors in water access in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Malawi and Zambia’ published in the journal Water Resources and Rural Development has been selected from thousands of published articles to be awarded the trophy. Read or listen to the interview with Prof. Jafry here. More information on the Water for ALL project can be found here.


GCU researchers tackle gender inequalities in South Asia

Researchers GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice are working with Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Communications on an international project to tackle gender inequalities in agriculture in South Asia. Find more details here.

International Development experts gather at GCU

GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice has held the first in a series of stakeholder events to focus on gathering the best evidence to inform the Climate Justice agenda. Find more details here.

GCU helps Scotland to light up Malawi

Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) Centre for Climate Justice is to play a key role in a campaign encouraging communities in Malawi to replace dangerous and costly kerosene lamps, batteries and candles with environmentally friendly solar lighting that helps families to tackle poverty. For details, click here.

GCU London dialogue highlights Climate Justice agenda

Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Environment and Climate Change, is to present a keynote address at the concluding stakeholder event to gather evidence informing the Climate Justice agenda hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). Click here for more information.

How Scotland is setting the pace on Climate Justice

The concept of climate justice brings together issues of climate change and social justice, asserting that the consequences and causes of increased CO2 emissions reflect and reinforce inequalities globally and within nations. In the UK, the Scottish Government is putting the idea on the political agenda. So it was appropriate that Glasgow was the setting this week for the first of three 'dialogues' on climate justice, hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation with the participation of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. For more information, follow this link.

GCU Climate Justice Resource Hub Praised

GCU’s newly launched Climate Justice Resource Hub has been highlighted by the Scottish Government. Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse updated Holyrood on the project after its successful launch at the Government’s International Conference on Climate Justice. More information can be found here.