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I am a geographer working at the intersection of political ecology and environmental justice. My research is concerned with understanding and theorizing justice in the context of environmental governance dilemmas. I have contributed to debates around the neoliberalization of nature (particularly water), the urban politics and governance of climate change, the politics of climate justice and the political ecology of coal in the context of climate change.
In 2021-22 I am working on a Leverhulme International Fellowship project entitled ‘Just coal? Examining how climate justice is mobilised in support of coal’. The fellowship examines the case for ‘just coal’ and the implications it has for climate justice theory, climate policy and the justice of the energy transition. Primarily based at the Sydney Environment Institute, it involves empirical research on the justice narratives of pro-coal actors in Australia and India and supports a broader conceptual agenda to develop a more robust theorisation of climate justice as both an ethical concept and political project.
I have a PhD in human geography from the University of Sydney, and have worked in the Department of Geography at Durham University and the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews.
Key Research Interests
My research is concerned with understanding and theorizing justice in the context of environmental governance dilemmas. Positioned at the interface between political ecology and environmental justice, it has addressed issues including the neoliberalization of water governance, the urban governance of climate change, the politics of climate justice and the political ecology of coal in the context of climate change. This has entailed an increasing emprical focus on the political economy of coal in India and Austalia, and a theoretical focus on capabilities theory.
For more details of my publications, see my publications page.
At the undergraduate level I primarily teach geography, and have been the Director of the 'BA Geography and International Development' degree programme. At the postgraduate level, I contribute to modules related to my research interests such as 'Climate Change and Development' and 'Political Ecology'.
Please get in touch if you would be interested in pursuing PhD studies in areas related to my research.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
1/09/21 → 28/02/23
5/03/18 → 4/03/19
14/03/16 → 11/09/18
MacNeil, R. & Edwards, G. A. S., 30 Jul 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Australian Journal of International Affairs.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Edwards, G. A. S., Hanmer, C., Park, S., MacNeil, R., Bojovic, M., Kucic-Riker, J., Musil, D. & Viney, G., 2022, British Academy.
Research output: Book/Report › Other reportOpen Access
Edwards, G. A. S., Fourie, K., Fraser, A., Heyward, C., Jeans, H., McQuistan, C., Paavola, J., Page, E., Pelling, M., Priest, S., Swiderska, K., Tarazona, M. & 3 others, , Jan 2021, In: Climate and Development. 13, 1, p. 1-9 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile21 Citations (Scopus)21 Downloads (Pure)
Smiles, T. & Edwards, G. A. S., 2021, In: Local Environment. 26, 12, p. 1445-1460 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)3 Downloads (Pure)
Press / Media
Australia’s next government must start talking about a ‘just transition’ from coal. Here’s where to begin
Gareth Edwards, Susan Park & Robert MacNeil
1 Media contribution
Press/Media: Press / Media