The Elusive Search for Environmental Justice: What We Can Learn from the Efforts of Indigenous Plaintiffs to Hold Chevron Accountable for Its Destructive Legacy in Ecuador

David McRobert[1], Jordan Shay[2] and Julian Tennent-Riddell [3] The Chevron case, which has been called the world’s largest environmental justice case, involves a decades-long dispute between members of Ecuadorian communities and the Chevron Corporation. In 2011 the Supreme Court in Ecuador confirmed the following wastes, all attributed to the United States-based company Chevron-Texaco, had been … Continue reading The Elusive Search for Environmental Justice: What We Can Learn from the Efforts of Indigenous Plaintiffs to Hold Chevron Accountable for Its Destructive Legacy in Ecuador

Editorial: The Scales of Environmental Justice

Dr Alice Mah, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick Since the 1980s, environmental justice researchers have struggled to make sites and histories of environment injustices visible. Some, such as Phil Brown, Barbara Allen, and Jennifer Gabrys help with citizen science efforts to monitor, report, and campaign about environmental exposures in communities. Others, including Gwen Ottinger, … Continue reading Editorial: The Scales of Environmental Justice

‘Citizen Science, Pollution and Environmental Justice’: the 2017 Toxic Expertise annual workshop

Dr Thom Davies, Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick: @ThomDavies This month Toxic Expertise held our second annual workshop at the University of Warwick.  The two-day event involved over thirty scholars and members of the public who shared their experiences of environmental justice, pollution and citizen science from a variety of perspectives. Environmental … Continue reading ‘Citizen Science, Pollution and Environmental Justice’: the 2017 Toxic Expertise annual workshop

Lyonsgate: a local perspective on pursuing environmental justice

By Rich Copland, a local activist This article documents the personal experiences of a local environmental justice campaigner, in his own words: Background Lyons Park has been a large and very busy industrial site over the past seven decades. It is situated in the semi-rural Allesley Village on the west side of Coventry, and is … Continue reading Lyonsgate: a local perspective on pursuing environmental justice

Temporary Refuge from Invisible Threats: Outdoor Evacuation Retreats for Children from Fukushima, Japan

Elicia Cousins, doctoral student in Sociology at Northeastern University. Spearheaded by individuals, citizen groups and NGOs across the country, hoyō seek to allow children and families to spend time away from the contaminated areas where they still live. Featured image: Hiking through a lush summer forest in Kiyosato, Yamanashi Prefecture. Photo credit: Elicia Cousins Mornings during school vacation … Continue reading Temporary Refuge from Invisible Threats: Outdoor Evacuation Retreats for Children from Fukushima, Japan

Toxic Expertise Public Engagement Event

Dr Thom Davies, Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick. @ThomDavies The context of post-Brexit politics was never far from discussion, and the uncertain role that expertise is playing within complex political and environmental debates led to some interesting interventions by the invited speakers as well as members of the audience. Last Thursday at The … Continue reading Toxic Expertise Public Engagement Event

Lead, Politics, and Community: Notes from La Oroya, Peru

Pamela Neumann, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University            Lead is a controversial subject in the Peruvian town of La Oroya (population 30,000), which has the dubious distinction of being ranked one of the top ten most contaminated places in the world. Looking out at its scarred white hills today, it’s hard … Continue reading Lead, Politics, and Community: Notes from La Oroya, Peru