Special Issue "Sustainable Rural Community Development and Environmental Justice"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 April 2021).
Interests: environmental justice; rural communities; participatory research; rural community development; and community engaged planning
Interests: Political Economy and the environment, global and urban sustainability; gender and society; feminist and queer theories; quantitative methodologies.
Rural communities in the Global North and Global South face a wide range of challenges in the context of sustainable development. They often occupy marginalized positions relative to urban centers, serving as sites of natural resource extraction and waste disposal. Rural communities are also driven by internal conflicts associated with dynamics of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other factors. Such structures and processes of inequality present significant challenges to any prospect for sustainable rural community development.
Environmental justice, which is a vital field of scholarship, policy, and advocacy, addresses the intersections of systems of inequality and the distribution of environmental hazards and opportunities for disadvantaged populations. Many of the formative struggles of the environmental justice movement have occurred in rural communities around the world, as residents and organizations have confronted the forces and legacies of slavery, colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, patriarchy, and systemic racism. The profound inequities caused by these historic and contemporary phenomena weaken rural communities’ capacities for building sustainable economic, environmental, and social systems. Environmental justice can therefore be a valuable lens to understand and inform interventions in protecting and promoting sustainable rural community development.
Recent scholarship has chronicled key rural environmental justice struggles around the world and has raised a number of pressing questions for those committed to sustainable rural community development. Such questions as: How are efforts to promote environmentally-just rural communities intertwined with broader processes organized at regional, national and/or global scales? How do these efforts occur at the intersections of social inequalities related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation? And finally, how are social movements using environmental justice as a framework to mobilize collective action to address problems of unsustainable and inequitable development in rural communities?
This Special Issue invites papers that address these and related questions using multiple methods including but not limited to case studies, quantitative approaches, qualitative methods, and theoretical frameworks. Given the global focus of this journal to global concerns, we invite contributions from a range of scales including local, regional, and global. Relevant topics could include:
- Rural economic restructuring and sustainable livelihoods
- Indigenous struggles for natural resource sovereignty
- Climate justice in rural communities
- Political ecology approaches to rural communities
- Environmental contamination in rural communities
- Innovations in rural environmental governance
- The role of youth as rural community advocates
- Urban-rural divisions and their ramifications for environmental justice
- Rural communities’ place in the UN Sustainable Development Goals
This special edition seeks papers with an explicit environmental justice focus, including those that address issues of disparities in distribution of environmental hazards, amenities and/or representation. Potential authors should include a cover letter that describes how their article aligns with this focus and addresses these issues.
Dr. Jonathan London
Dr. Clare Cannon
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Rural communities
- Climate justice
- Environmental justice
- Community development
- Social justice
- Rural geography
- Environmental governance
- Political Ecology
- Urban-rural interface