CFP: Just Transition: Special Issue of Ethics, Policy & Environment

Submission deadline: June 20, 2024

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Call For Papers

Special Issue of Ethics, Policy & Environment on “Characterizing the Justice of Just Transition”

We are soliciting papers for a special issue of Ethics, Policy, & Environment devoted to deepening our understanding of the idea(s) of justice at work in “Just Transition”. With roots in the labor movement, Just Transition is now a cornerstone of climate discussions, reflected in the commitment that “no one is left behind or pushed behind in the transition to low-carbon and environmentally sustainable economies and societies” (UNCDP 2023). The papers in this special issue may explore the theoretical and practical dimensions of justice at work in existing movement(s), conceptual frameworks for guiding future interventions, approaches to expanding ideas of justice, and energy/climate justice more broadly.

Proposals from any disciplinary approach are welcome, and we particularly welcome approaches offering multi/interdisciplinary and multi/international perspectives. 

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • What would a “just” transition toward regenerative energy production involve?

  • Are existing frameworks of justice adequate, or does just transition demand new approaches?

  • Whose responsibility is a just transition? What role should governmental, non-governmental, corporate, and other parties play?

  • How should cultural, social,economic, environmental, and other values be weighted?

  • Who are the appropriate stakeholders to consider? Are the same frameworks appropriate for each group? How might theories of just transition better reflect the values of individual stakeholders?

  • What does a just transition look like for the more-than-human world? 

Please submit an abstract of less than 400 words (no completed papers!), in English, [email protected] 5pm (US EDT) on June 20th, 2024.

Please contact Megs Gendreau ([email protected]) or Nash Meade ([email protected]) with any questions.

Completed papers will be expected in July of 2025 with the goal of a late 2025/early 2026 publication. Papers should adhere to the Ethics, Policy & Environment Guidelines for Authors( 

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