Recent events have highlighted the enormous challenges associated with transitioning towards just sustainabilities—ensuring a better quality of life for all, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems (1). Of particular importance are the 2016 UK vote on Brexit, the 2016 US election of Donald Trump, and the 2017 US Paris Climate Agreement withdrawal.

Proximate question: “What do Brexit, Trump’s election, and the US Paris Agreement withdrawal mean for global climate change and the [im]possibility of achieving sustainable and just cities around the world?”

Dr. Carol Atkinson-Palombo and Dr. Phoebe Godfrey are soliciting book chapters containing case studies of contestations surrounding the transition to just sustainabilities, exploring the following:

  • Who in terms of race/class/gender/nationality/institutional context/religion/place is contesting what? How? Why?
  • What are the political/economic/social manifestations of these contestations?
  • How have narratives around climate change/progress/energy/sustainability/justice shaped these contestations?
  • What are the implications of transitioning to just sustainabilities, or not?

Please submit a 500-word abstract to mary.buchanan@uconn.edu by 31st August 2017. Authors will be selected by 15th September 2017 and invited to contribute a book chapter by 15th January 2018.

(1)Agyeman, J. 2013. Introducing Sustainable Cities: Policies, Planning, and Practice: Zed Books.