With the environmental crisis widely accepted to be the definitional challenge of this century, and the landscape of social justice linked to this crisis now beginning to take shape, EEJ seeks to direct much needed attention to how educational research can respond to this multifaceted, transdisciplinary problem. The hope is that EEJ will serve to open a door into a vibrant space within the CPGJ cluster at the Faculty of Education for ongoing discussions about education and the environment, and geopolitical justice. To join the EEJ mailing list, please fill out the registration form.

All sessions will be recorded for use by the EEJ group to track how our thinking and theorizing develops.  The recordings will also be made available to a visual artist who will respond in 3D to the work as a way of recording the development of the group and the thinking that is taking place, including how it affects their own work as an artist. The artist’s work will feature in the monthly blogs that will be posted on the CPGJ website and will also be displayed at an exhibition at the end of the series in June 2021. Sessions will be held virtually until June 2021.

Our last topic 

Tuesday 15/06 at 4.30pm – “Excavating England’s Climate Change Education Policy Landscape” – convened by Taylor Hughson.

Speaker: Dr Kate Greer, King’s College London

Environmental and climate crises are intensifying, yet related education programmes remain on the margins of education practice and climate change policy. Whilst activists are calling for ‘more!’, can the climate change education policy problem be solved by merely inserting new initiatives? This presentation will introduce you to my recent doctoral research that examined England’s climate change education policy landscape. My ‘excavation’ of the policy landscape was framed by Foucauldian conceptual and methodological tools. I applied qualitative, interpretive research methods to analyse climate change, environment and education policy texts, and the perspectives of individuals in positions of influence relative to climate change education. My research identified several factors that are contributing to the ongoing marginalisation of climate change education and provided new insight into pathways for policy progress.

Zoom call details: 
Date & time: 15/06 @ 16:30 BSTMeeting ID: 936 4824 3026
Password: 923314

Reading suggestions: 

Komatsu, H., Rappleye, J., & Silova, I. (2021). Student-Centered Learning and Sustainability: Solution or Problem?. Comparative Education Review, 65(1), 6-33. https://doi.org/10.1086/711829 

McKenzie, M., Bieler, A., & McNeil, R. (2015). Education policy mobility: Reimagining sustainability in neoliberal times. Environmental Education Research. 21(3),319-337. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2014.993934 

Title:  With the Sea we Rise, 2021 by Rachel Wooller. Metal, plaster, foam. 

Artwork created in response to the launch of the Education and Environmental Justice series of readings and seminars from repurposed materials.  

Topics and events:

DateTopicActivityDetails
February / March 2021

Race & Environmental Justice – convened by Dr Elsa Lee.Reading:
23 Feb

Seminar  “What might be the causes and consequences of the racialisation of environmental issues?:
09 Mar
Readings:

– Pulido, L. (2016). Flint, Environmental Racism, and Racial Capitalism. Capitalism Nature Socialism, 27(3), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/10455752.2016.1213013

– Yusoff, K. (2018). A billion black Anthropocenes or none. Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press

Speakers: Dr Elsa Lee and Dr. Mary Murphy (Faculty of Education – University of Cambridge)
March / April 2021State education, petro-pedagogy and Environmental Justice – convened by Dr Haira Gandolfi.Reading:
16 Mar

Seminar:
13 Apr
Readings:

– Eaton, E. M., & Day, N. A. (2020). Petro-pedagogy: fossil fuel interests and the obstruction of climate justice in public education. Environmental Education Research, 26(4), 457-473. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2019.1650164

– Dunlop, L., Atkinson, L., Stubbs, J. E., & Diepen, M. T. V. (2020). The role of schools and teachers in nurturing and responding to climate crisis activism. Children’s Geographies, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2020.1828827

Speakers: Dr Haira Gandolfi (Faculty of Education – University of Cambridge) and Dr. Stuart Tannock (Environmental Education Research, UCL Institute of Education)
May 2021Youth environmental activism in Higher Education – convened by PhD student Mollie Baker.Reading:
04 May

Seminar:
18 May
Readings:

– Romano, S. T., & Highby, W. (2018). Environmental Activism of Teacher-Scholars in the Neoliberal University. New Political Science40(3), 581–598. https://doi.org/10.1080/07393148.2018.1487112

– Rhodes, C., Wright, C., & Pullen, A. (2018). Changing the World? The Politics of Activism and Impact in the Neoliberal University. Organization25(1), 139–147. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508417726546

– Macfarlane, B. (2021). The conceit of activism in the illiberal university. Policy Futures in Education, 147821032110034. https://doi.org/10.1177/14782103211003422

Speakers: Dr Mary Murphy (Faculty of Education) in a conversation with Thomas Vergunst (Programme Director at Cambridge institute for Sustainability Leadership) and Clem von-Stengel (Zero Carbon Cambridge).
June / July 2021Environmental policy, curriculum and education  convened by PhD student Taylor HughsonReading:
01 Jun

Seminar:
15 Jun
Readings:

Komatsu, H., Rappleye, J., & Silova, I. (2021). Student-Centered Learning and Sustainability: Solution or Problem?. Comparative Education Review, 65(1), 6-33. https://doi.org/10.1086/711829 

McKenzie, M., Bieler, A., & McNeil, R. (2015). Education policy mobility: Reimagining sustainability in neoliberal times. Environmental Education Research. 21(3),319-337. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2014.993934 

Speakers: Dr Kate Greer (King’s College London) discussing the state of climate change education policy in the United Kingdom from a Foucauldian perspective.
To be announcedHistorical perspectives in environmental justice and education (convened by Dr. Mary Murphy)Reading:
To be announced

Closing Seminar, Exhibition of Visual Archive, and Workshop:
To be announced


To be announced