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Whither justice? An analysis of local climate change responses from South East Queensland, Australia


Wolch, JR and Byrne, JA and Newell, JP, Whither justice? An analysis of local climate change responses from South East Queensland, Australia, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 32, (1) pp. 70-92. ISSN 0263-774X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1068/c11295


Climate change is a highly contested policy issue in Australia, generating fierce debate at every level of governance. In this paper we explore a crucial tension in both the policy and the public debate: a seeming lack of attention to social inclusion and broader equity implications. We pay special attention to the municipal scale, where concerns about social difference and democratic participation are often foregrounded in political discourse, using South East Queensland—a recognised climate change ‘hotspot’—as a case study. Mobilising critical discourse analysis techniques, we interrogate three local government climate change response strategies, and place these in the context of transscalar discourse networks which appear to sustain a technocratic, ‘ecological modernisation’ approach to the issue. Finally, we suggest a broad strategy for reimagining this approach to embed a notion of climate justice in our policy thinking about climate change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, social justice, climate justice, local government, Australia
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Physical geography and environmental geoscience not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Byrne, JA (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:125115
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-03-28
Last Modified:2018-04-10

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