Environmental Justice: Key Issues is the first textbook to offer a comprehensive and accessible overview of environmental justice, one of the most dynamic fields in environmental politics scholarship.

The rapidly growing body of research in this area has brought about a proliferation of approaches; as such, the breadth and depth of the field can sometimes be a barrier for aspiring environmental justice students and scholars. This book therefore is unique for its accessible style and innovative approach to exploring environmental justice. Written by leading international experts from a variety of professional, geographic, ethnic, and disciplinary backgrounds, its chapters combine authoritative commentary with real-life cases. Organised into four parts—approaches, issues, actors and future directions—the chapters help the reader to understand the foundations of the field, including the principal concepts, debates, and historical milestones. This volume also features sections with learning outcomes, follow-up questions, references for further reading and vivid photographs to make it a useful teaching and learning tool.

Environmental Justice: Key Issues is the ideal toolkit for junior researchers, graduate students, upper-level undergraduates, and anyone in need of a comprehensive introductory textbook on environmental justice.

chapter 1|5 pages


ByBrendan Coolsaet

chapter 2|12 pages

A history of environmental justice

Foundations, narratives, and perspectives
ByEsme G. Murdock

part Part I|99 pages

Defining and conceptualizing environmental justice

chapter 3|16 pages

Distributive environmental justice

ByAlice Kaswan

chapter 4|15 pages

Procedural justice matters

Power, representation, and participation in environmental governance
ByKimberly R. Marion Suiseeya

chapter 5|12 pages

Recognition and environmental justice

ByBrendan Coolsaet, Pierre-Yves Néron

chapter 6|14 pages

Capabilities, well-being, and environmental justice 1

ByBreena Holland

chapter 7|16 pages

Latin American decolonial environmental justice

ByIokiñe Rodriguez

chapter 8|13 pages

Degrowth and environmental justice

An alliance between two movements?
ByJulien-François Gerber, Bengi Akbulut, Federico Demaria, Joan Martínez-Alier

chapter 9|11 pages

Sustainability and environmental justice

Parallel tracks or at the crossroads?
ByJulie Sze

part Part II|103 pages

Issues of environmental justice

chapter 10|11 pages

Toxic legacies and environmental justice

ByAlice Mah

chapter 11|16 pages


Crisis, conflict and justice
ByAdrian Martin

chapter 12|13 pages

Climate justice

ByGareth A.S. Edwards

chapter 13|15 pages

Energy justice

ByRosie Day

chapter 14|17 pages

Food, agriculture, and environmental justice

Perspectives on scholarship and activism in the field
ByKristin Reynolds

chapter 15|14 pages


Towns and cities as sites of environmental (in)justice
ByJason Byrne

chapter 16|15 pages

Water justice

Blatant grabbing practices, subtle recognition politics and the struggles for fair water worlds
ByRutgerd Boelens

part Part III|68 pages

Actors and subjects of environmental justice

chapter 17|9 pages

Racial minorities in the United States

Race, migration, and reimagining environmental justice
ByLisa Sun-Hee Park, Stevie Ruiz

chapter 18|15 pages

Gender matters in environmental justice

BySherilyn MacGregor

chapter 19|17 pages

Labour unions and environmental justice

The trajectory and politics of just transition
ByDimitris Stevis

chapter 20|13 pages

Indigenous environmental justice

Anti-colonial action through kinship
ByKyle Whyte

chapter 21|12 pages

Justice beyond humanity

BySteve Cooke

part Part IV|43 pages

Future directions of environmental justice

chapter 22|10 pages

Critical environmental justice studies

ByDavid N. Pellow

chapter 23|13 pages

Sustainable materialism and environmental justice 1

ByDavid Schlosberg