Gareth Edwards

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.


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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 ChangeClimate and Development.

Edwards, G.A.S., (2019) Coal and Climate Change.  Wiley 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 experimentation.  Environment 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 Philadelphia.  Urban Studies.  54, 5, p. 1126-1141

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


Martin, Adrian; Burneo, Teresa Armijos; Coolsaet, Brendan; Dawson, Neil; Edwards, Gareth A S; Few, Roger; Gross-Camp, Nicole; Fernandez, Iokine Rodriguez; Schroeder, Heike; Tebboth, Mark; White, Carole

Environmental justice and transformations to sustainability Journal Article

In: Environment, 62 (6), pp. 19–30, 2020, ISSN: 0013-9157.

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