Justice as recognition and the conservation of biodiversity

Brendan Coolsaet

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


Justice concerns are at the core of struggles and conflicts related to conservation. Contemporary academic framings of environmental justice tend to use a tripartite typology of concerns: distribution, procedure and recognition. While distributive and participatory justice dimensions are increasingly incorporated in conservation practice, recognition is currently under-addressed. The paper explores four traditions of thinking about recognition: Hegelian inter-subjectivity, critical theory, southern decolonial theory, and the capabilities approach. Through three case studies in the Global North and South, it highlights how these different theoretical perspectives are illustrated in the claims and practices of real world conservation struggles.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
EventMardis Intimes de la Chaire Hoover - Hoover Chair of economic and social ethics, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Duration: 3 May 2016 → …


SeminarMardis Intimes de la Chaire Hoover
Period3/05/16 → …

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