Gareth Edwards

University of East Anglia

Senior Lecturer



I am a geographer working at the intersection of political ecology and environmental justice. My research is concerned with understanding and theorizing justice in the context of environmental governance dilemmas. I have contributed to debates around the neoliberalization of nature (particularly water) and the urban politics and governance of climate change. Recently, I have been working on the politics and pursuit of climate justice in civil society through a British Academy/Leverhulme funded grant, and my research is currently developing in two directions. In theoretical terms I am working on the intersections between the ‘capabilities approach’ to justice and environmental justice claim-making. In empirical terms, I am working on the political ecology of coal in the context of climate change.

I have a PhD in human geography from the University of Sydney, and have worked in the Department of Geography at Durham University and the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews.


Key publications:

Byskov, M., Hyams, K., Satyal. P., Benjamin, L., Blackburn, S., Borie, M., Caney, S., Chu, E., Edwards, G. A. S., Fourie, K., Fraser, A., Heyward, C., Jeans, H., McQuistan, C., Paavola, J., Page, E., Pelling, M., Priest, S., Swindersta, K., Tarazona, M. & 3 others, (2019) An Agenda for Ethics and Justice in Adaptation to Climate Change. Climate and Development.

Edwards, G.A.S., (2019) Coal and Climate ChangeWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. 10, 5, e607.

Bai, X., Brondizio, E, Bullard, R., Edwards, G. A. S., Grimm, N., Lora-Wainwright, A., Ozkaynak, B. & Schindler, S., (2018), Urban Environments and Environmentalisms.  Rethinking Environmentalism: Linking Justice, Sustainability, and Diversity.  Lele, S., Brondizio, E.S., Byrne, J., Mace, G. M. & Martinez-Alier, J. (eds.). Cambridge MA: MIT Press, (Strungmann Forum Reports; vol. 23).

Edwards, G.A.S. & Bulkeley, H., (2018) Heterotopia and the urban politics of climate change experimentationEnvironment and Planning D; Society and Space.  36, 2, p. 350-369

Edwards, G. A. S., (2018) Debating climate ethics/Climate justice in a non-ideal world.   Local Environment. 23, 4, p. 502-504 3 p.

Edwards, G. A. S. & Bulkeley, H., (2017) Urban political ecologies of housing and climate change: the 'Coolest Block' Contest in PhiladelphiaUrban Studies.  54, 5, p. 1126-1141

Edwards, G. A. S., Reid, L. & Hunter, C., (2016)  Environmental justice, capabilities, and the theorization of well-beingProgress in Human Geography.  40, 6, p. 754-769 16 p.


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