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INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY, ENERGY, AND ENVIRONMENT
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

 

 

 

VULNERABILITY & CLIMATE JUSTICE

Climate justice is a social movement to promote ethical and moral considerations in actions to prevent climate change and in sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change and its impacts equitably and fairly. It emphasizes community led solutions and better understanding of the drivers of well-being of local communities as well as the local and global impacts of climate change on food security, water scarcity, human well-being and biodiversity loss. It promotes a human-centered approach to development that safeguards the rights of the most vulnerable groups in society, ensuring that the decisions on climate change are participatory, transparent, accountable and equitable across gender, race, income groups and countries.

 

Areas of Research Focus

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, research teams across the campus are focused on the various topics related to climate justice. These researchers are studying:

  • the vulnerability of different social groups and locations to climate change;
  • ways to improve disaster preparedness in urban areas; and
  • increasing resilience of communities to climate change.

Researchers

Peter Christensen

Peter Christensen

Economics

Pradeep Dhillon

Pradeep Dhillon

Education, justice

George Gertner

George Gertner

Nature, environment

Elias Getahun

Elias Getahun

Hydrology

Murugesu Sivapalan

Murugesu Sivapalan

Environmental engineering, water

Ryan Sriver

Ryan Sriver

Atmospheric sciences

Carena van Riper

Carena van Riper

Nature, environment

Michelle Wander

Michelle Wander

Nature, environment

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