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WOW6 Panel: Climate Justice in Urban Local Governance (June 21, 2019)

Photo Credit: Derek Kauneckis

Photo Credit: Derek Kauneckis

CJN organized a Climate Justice panel at the Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop (WOW) conference, now in its sixth edition, at Indiana University, Bloomington.

This panel engaged WOW participants in conversations about the conditions under which urban governance is likely to address the challenge of climate justice. What do we know about the social and institutional infrastructure needed for addressing the post-disaster effects on urban communities in the periphery, while local governments are also faced with costly damages to the urban core? How do the overarching context of neoliberal policymaking centered on the discourses of “smart cities” influence the prospects of climate justice in the cities? What social and political institutions might help address the immediate contingencies, while putting in place more representative governance systems that serve the urban poor.

The expertise of the members of the Workshop community in the areas of local governance, institutional development and change, and, polycentric governance are likely to be crucial for developing practical policy solutions for urban climate justice. In addition to the analyses of specific political and institutional contexts, we also encourage comparative scholarship, such that research findings from the highly urbanized regions of the Americas may be used to develop conceptual and theoretical insights relevant to the rapidly urbanizing areas on the continents of Africa and Asia.


Environmental and Climate Justice in Puerto Rico: Scholarship and Praxis


A Conversation with Ruth Santiago Moderated by Prakash Kashwan.This event, which is open to faculty and graduate students with a deep interest in questions of environmental and climate justice, is co-sponsored by El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies and the Human Rights Institute.

Ruth Santiago is a lawyer and an environmental justice advocate who works with Comité Dialogo Ambiental, Inc., a community group for volunteer residents primarily from Salinas and Guayama, in southeastern Puerto Rico. Read more about Ruth’s work here.


$250,000 in funding for projects aimed at advancing the discipline of political science


In keeping with its mission to support excellence in political science scholarship and teaching and informed discourse about politics, policy, and civic participation, the American Political Science Association today announced ten recipients of the 2018 Special Projects Fund. Each funded project will receive up to $25,000 for a total of $250,000 across all projects aimed at advancing the political science discipline or addressing significant challenges facing the discipline.A review committee consisting of seven political science faculty members selected the recipients based on the quality of their proposals. The committee considered the merits of each proposal based on the importance of the issue being addressed, the wider benefits to the discipline, and the project’s practicability and efficacy. The Special Projects Fund committee received 58 applications, each of which was reviewed by at least two committee members.

Read more about this APSA initiative here.


“Climate Justice: Conversations Across Barriers and Borders” explores climate change inequality


“Climate change is definitely the most formidable challenge that humanity has ever faced,” Kashwan told the audience. “When talking about facing the issue, we forget that both the causes and the consequences of climate change have implications that are very different for different groups throughout the world.”

Read more here.