GCU to launch unique Climate Justice MSc programme

13 November 2014

GCU to launch unique Climate Justice MSc programme

Water, justice and public health is part of the GCU programme

Climate Justice is becoming an increasingly important topic and is expected to grow in relevance as climate issues have more global impact, requiring domestic and international policy making to focus on values, ethics and justice.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has responded to the requirements of the modern climate justice professional with the launch of a unique MSc Climate Justice programme.

The programme, recruiting for a 2015 start, will provide in-depth understanding, analysis and knowledge about the principles that underpin climate justice - human rights, development and climate change. The programme is tailored to provide a practical angle to climate justice to allow students to graduate with a Masters which provides them with skills, approaches and methodologies for addressing climate justice in their future work plans. It can be studied full-time for one year or part-time over two years.

Programme content includes an overview of our resources; climate change and carbon management; climate justice; human rights, gender and development; environmental ethics; adaptation and mitigation; water, justice and public health; and renewable energy technologies.

GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice has research expertise in issues of climate change, human rights, environmental ethics and social justice, of key importance in the run up to new global sustainable development goals and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in 2015, which for the first time will seek to agree a universal and binding international deal to curb carbon emissions.

The Centre for Climate Justice is home to a unique collection of researched data within the field of climate justice, which was created in partnership with the Mary Robinson Foundation- Climate Justice, the thought leadership organisation set up by the former President of Ireland, who was appointed in July 2014 as the UN Special Envoy for Climate Change.

In the UK, the Scottish Government has put Climate Justice on the political agenda. Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Environment and Climate Change, last month presented a keynote address at a stakeholder event to gather evidence informing the Climate Justice agenda hosted by GCU and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Katharine Knox, Policy and Research Programme Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, says: “We welcome the news that climate justice will develop as a focus of academic inquiry through GCU’s new Masters. JRF has been working on this issue in the UK over the past five years and we feel there is a need to develop the evidence base and the application of key principles in policy and practice. GCU’s new programme offers the opportunity to develop understanding among a new generation of students on this important agenda.”

With funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund, GCU is a partner in the Scotland Lights up Malawi campaign and is working on a new project to improve access to water among the poorest and most vulnerable groups in Malawi and Zambia.

Professor Tahseen Jafry, Director of the Centre for Climate Justice, said: “The importance of managing natural resources in developing countries, and understanding the effects of climate change and the impacts of globalisation on environmental sustainability, people and their livelihoods, has never been more important. Through this unique programme, we aim to help inform the climate justice agenda both now and in the future, developing the next generation of professionals."

More about the programme.

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