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Bordering on neglect: 'environmental justice' in Australian planning


Byrne, J and MacCallum, D, Bordering on neglect: 'environmental justice' in Australian planning, Australian Planner, 50, (2) pp. 164-173. ISSN 0729-3682 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/07293682.2013.776984


Australian environmental justice research is limited, with scant planning literature on this topic.The Planning Institute of Australia’s core business omits environmental justice concerns.State and local governments are silent on the matter.Few Australian planners would recognise the term.Yet the basic ideals behind environmental justice underpin the core principles of accessibility, equity, social inclusion and participatory democracy, which, in principle, inform Australian planning policies and practice.In this paper, we begin the important task of crossing the borders of ignorance to engage with environmental justice in Australian planning.We review the United States’ (US) origins of the concept, discuss the processes behind the formation of unjust environmental landscapes (both built and organic) and overview some contemporary Australian environmental justice issues that warrant closer scrutiny.We conclude by charting a research agenda and pointing to potential changes and ways forward for planning practice.In so doing, we seek to bridge borders across history, place, disciplines, scholarship and practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:environmental justice, land use planning, Australia, equity, urban development
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Byrne, J (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:125121
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-03-28
Last Modified:2018-04-16

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