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Climate Justice Perspectives (CJP) around the world

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Project Team

Dr Charles A. Ogunbode

University of Nottingham, UK

Principal Investigator

Dr Rouven Doran

University of Bergen, Norway

Dr Karlijn van den Broek

Utrecht University, Netherlands

Dr Arin Ayanian

Professor Andreas Zick

University of Bielefeld, Germany

Dr Joonha Park

Professor Akira Utsugi

Nagoya University, Japan

Dr Sibele D. Aquino

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dr Jihane Ghorayeb

Zayed University, UAE

Professor Marc E. S. Reyes

University of Santo Tomas, Phillipines

Professor Samuel Lins

University of Porto, Portugal

Dr John J. B. R. Aruta

Sunway University, Malaysia

Professor Susan Clayton

College of Wooster, USA

Climate justice is a concept that foregrounds social (in)equalities in how different groups of people experience and are responding to the climate crisis around the world. It encompasses many intersecting dimensions including intergenerational justice (rights and welfare of future generations), social justice (equal rights for high and low status groups), gender justice (equal rights for women), racial justice (equal rights for racialised minorities and people of colour), equal rights for disabled people etc.


Ultimately, support for climate justice should be an important driver for achieving a just transition – which means transition to a low-carbon, sustainable society in which benefits are fairly distributed among every member of society regardless of race, colour or creed.

In recent years, climate justice has become a prominent narrative used by campaigners to persuade the public to act on climate change. However, it is unclear what the concept means in different contexts. There is certainly no clear indication of how different segments of the general public understand the term and how acceptance or rejection of the underlying principles of climate justice relate to attitudes toward specific climate change mitigation/adaptation policies or actions.

In this project, we are using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research approaches to examine:

  1. Dominant themes in subjective understanding of climate justice among the general public

  2. Demographic and psychological predictors of familiarity with climate justice as a concept

  3. The role of beliefs about climate justice as predictors of different forms of climate action (e.g., individual vs collective) and climate change policy support.

Our analyses are based on nationally-representative surveys of adults aged 18+ conducted in Australia, Brazil, Germany,  India, Japan, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and United States in summer 2022.

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