Decisions for a healthy and just city

Heike Köckler, Department of Community Health, Hochschule für Gesundheit, Bochum, Germany Johannes Flacke, ITC, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands A lot is known about environmental quality in cities and its health effects: noise causes sleep problems and has effects on blood pressure, toxic air emissions may cause lung disease and walkable neighborhoods invite everyday … Continue reading Decisions for a healthy and just city

The environmental impacts of transportation infrastructure: Towards a new relationship between government and citizens

Dr Thomas Verbeek, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick @thverbeek Air pollution is an increasingly urgent matter of public concern in cities and regions around the world. Air pollution was linked to 9 million deaths around the world in 2015, with 92% of deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. While poorer countries are the … Continue reading The environmental impacts of transportation infrastructure: Towards a new relationship between government and citizens

What is the real toxicity within Redcar’s society? Old-fashioned pollution or the growth of Globalisation

David Judge, Director of Public Engagement and Education at Global Hands and Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency. Toxicity is the quality of being toxic or poisonous. I will be looking at this from the opinion of the people from Redcar. My question to them has been: “What do you see as more toxic to … Continue reading What is the real toxicity within Redcar’s society? Old-fashioned pollution or the growth of Globalisation

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

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

Toxic Canals

Simona Grano,  Department of Sinology, University of Zürich. In my professional capacity as academic, I work on industrial pollution issues in China and Taiwan (Grano, 2016/2015). I am so absorbed by the need to keep up with what happens in these two places, that I rarely pause to think about what has gotten me interested … Continue reading Toxic Canals

Demolitions, Housing, and Environmental Justice: A Toxic News Interview with a Community Activist in Hillfields, Coventry

India Foster, Project Administrator, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK Background In 2004, Andy McGeechan led a local residents’ campaign to save twelve blocks of flats from demolition in a West Midlands city in the UK. Andy was and still is a resident of the North Coventry area of Hillfields which is located next to … Continue reading Demolitions, Housing, and Environmental Justice: A Toxic News Interview with a Community Activist in Hillfields, Coventry