PhD research

Climate justice is a fast-growing, exciting, and multidisciplinary field of academic inquiry. It merges the principles of climate science and social justice to theorise and apply transformative approaches to climate change issues around the planet. Climate justice research is informed by ethical concerns for those people and countries which, while not having contributed to climate change in any significant way, are the most vulnerable to its impacts – constituting an ongoing issue of injustice.

The work of our current and former doctoral researchers includes questions as diverse as exploring the fairness of the global climate negotiations and governance, the social impacts of renewable energy transition in developed and developing countries, the rights and obligations towards climate migrants and refugees, investigating the links between gender and climate impacts, and advancing philosophical inquiries into what climate justice actually is. Their research stretches across the world, with projects undertaken locally in Scotland and globally in Africa and Asia.