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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 questions around just transitions from coal in the context of climate change.
I have a PhD in human geography from the University of Sydney, and have worked in the Department of Geography at Durham University, the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, and the School of International Development at UEA.
Key Research Interests
My research examines how issues of justice permate through environmental and climate governance. Following a PhD which examined the social construction of water scarcity and neoliberalization of water governance in Australia, I have worked predominantly on climate change, particularly urban climate governance, environmental justice and climate justice.
In 2021-23 I held a Leverhulme International Fellowship to explore justifications for ongoing coal extraction in Australia and India. I also led a British Academy-funded project ‘A just transition away from coal in Australia’ which examined what just transition means and the challenges to achieving a just transition away from coal in Australia, and how to reframe just transition ideas in ways which stimulate productive discussions between different stakeholders and communities.
I was previously Director of the undergraduate 'BA Geography and International Development' degree programme. At the postgraduate level my teaching focussed on modules related to my research interests such as 'Climate Change and Development' and 'Political Ecology'.
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):
- 4 Finished
A just transition away from coal in Australia
27/10/21 → 26/03/22
Just coal? Examining how climate justice is mobilised in support of coal
1/09/21 → 28/02/23
Indigenous knowledge, climate justice and urbanism
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
5/03/18 → 4/03/19
Principles and tools in evaluating socioeconomic - environmental nexus in city developments
Guan, D., Edwards, G., Goulden, M., Mcdonagh, J., Schroeder, H. & Yu, X.
14/03/16 → 11/09/18
The promise and peril of Australian climate leadership under AlbaneseMacNeil, R. & Edwards, G. A. S., Jan 2023, In: Australian Journal of International Affairs. 77, 1, p. 19-25 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article1 Citation (Scopus)
Towards a Just Transition from Coal in Australia?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
An agenda for ethics and justice in adaptation to climate changeByskov, M., Hyams, K., Satyal, P., Benjamin, L., Blackburn, S., Borie, M., Caney, S., Chu, E., 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 AccessFile36 Citations (Scopus)24 Downloads (Pure)
Climate JusticeEdwards, G. A. S., 2021, Environmental Justice: Key Issues. Coolsaet, B. (ed.). Taylor and Francis, p. 148-160
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
How does Extinction Rebellion engage with climate justice? A case study of XR NorwichSmiles, T. & Edwards, G. A. S., 2021, In: Local Environment. 26, 12, p. 1445-1460 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile3 Citations (Scopus)8 Downloads (Pure)
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