Socially Just Triple-Wins? A Framework for Evaluating the Social Justice Implications of Climate Compatible Development

Research article by Ben Wood, Lindsay Stringer, Andy Dougill, Claire Quinn

Climate compatible development (CCD) aims to help people improve their lives in the face of climate threats without exacerbating these threats for current and future generations. It is proving an attractive concept to both academics and practitioners. However, the social justice implications of CCD have not yet been comprehensively explored and an absence of adequate […]

Discounting and the representative median agent

Working paper by Johannes Emmerling, Ben Groom, Tanja Wettingfeld

Social discount rates (SDRs) are used in cost–benefit analysis to determine the present value of future costs and benefits: for example, to determine how much today’s society should invest in … read more »

Investigating Climate Compatible Development Outcomes and their Implications for Distributive Justice: Evidence from Malawi

Research article by Ben Wood, Claire Quinn, Lindsay Stringer, Andy Dougill

Governments and donors are investing in climate compatible development in order to reduce climate and development vulnerabilities. However, the rate at which climate compatible development is being operationalised has outpaced academic enquiry into the concept. Interventions aiming to achieve climate compatible development “wins” (for development, mitigation, adaptation) can also create negative side-effects. Moreover, benefits and […]

Researching climate change and community in neoliberal contexts: an emerging critical approach

Research article by Susannah Mary Sallu, Lucie Middlemiss

In a 2011 contribution to this journal, Walker examined the ways that community is routinely employed in carbon governance, suggesting the need for more critical approaches. Here, we characterize an emerging, critical approach to researching climate change and community in neoliberal contexts, focusing attention principally on the global north, where this body of research has […]

Can low-carbon urban development be pro-poor? The case of Kolkata, India

Research article by Sarah Colenbrander, Andy Gouldson, Stephen Hall, Faye McAnulla, N. Kerr, Andrew Sudmant, J. Roy, S. Sarkar, A. Ghatak, D. Chakravarty, D. Ganguly

Fast-growing cities in the global South have an important role to play in climate change mitigation. However, city governments typically focus on more pressing socioeconomic needs, such as reducing urban poverty. To what extent can social, economic and climate objectives be aligned? Focusing on Kolkata in India, we consider the economic case for low-carbon urban […]

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