Special Issue "Advances in Environmental Justice"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2011)
Dr. Charles W. Griffiths
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa
Interests: environmental justice, benefit-cost analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, risk analysis, voluntary programs, water quality valuation, air quality valuation
Environmental Justice is a concept developed over the last three decades to address inequities in environmental protection. While often focused on the impacts of environmentally damaging activity (e.g., choosing the location of hazardous waste facilities) on minority and low-income communities, the concept is more broadly applied to the impacts of all environmental activity (including the development, execution, and enforcement of environmental laws) on all disadvantaged populations. The Environmental Justice movement has its roots in the U.S. but has spread to Europe and other parts of the world.
While many definitions of Environmental Justice reflect a call for “fair” or “equitable” treatment in environmental regulation and protection, exact metrics of what constitutes an Environmental Justice problem are often poorly defined. One common focus, used in an Executive Order by President Clinton, is “disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects.”
This special issue will focus on advances in the field Environmental Justice. Articles that quantitatively measure the degree of environmental justice concern in a given situation and develop metrics to gauge improvements will be given special consideration, but all articles that address environmental issues in the U.S. and the world are solicited.
Charles W. Griffiths
- environmental justice
- disproportionate adverse impacts