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Just Transition: Embedding Justice in Low-Carbon Futures Conference

A half-day conference to understand the implications and challenges of a Just Transition in Ireland

Wednesday, June 7, 9am-2pm IST. In-person and virtual participation options.

Transitioning to a low-carbon economy requires transformative changes in technology, society, human behaviour, and institutional practices. During this conference, we facilitate a cross-disciplinary dialogue to encourage integrated and interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of how a Just Transition to a low-carbon future can be achieved. We will explore questions such as:

  • How can research on Just Transition contribute to the decarbonisation of our socio-economic systems?
  • How can we produce knowledge that can ensure social justice is not compromised during the transition process?
  • How can integrated and interdisciplinary research contribute to solving complex societal problems?

John Barry: Just(ice) Transformations in the Anthropocene: Conflict Transformation and the Role and Responsibility of Academia in Democratically Navigating Pathways to Post-Carbon and Post-Growth Futures

John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy in the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action at Queens University Belfast, will give his presentation on the need to bring together the literature on conflict transformation and energy transitions and examine the role and responsibility of academia during times of a planetary crisis.

Niamh Moore-Cherry: Place-based approaches to sustainable and just urban and regional development: Lessons for policy and practice

Drawing on two recent projects, Prof. Niamh Moore-Cherry, UCD School of Geography and College of Social Sciences and Law, will give an account of how urban and regional policies and programmes must not exacerbate existing inequalities

Donna Marshall: Just Transition in Fashion: Can it happen?

Prof. Donna Marshall’s presentation will explore the tensions between economic, social and environmental demands of a fast fashion giant and the impact on its supply chain and specifically its workers.

Patrick Brodie: Just Transitions and Irelands Postcolonial Ecological Regime

Lecturer and Assistant Professor Patrick Brodie, UCD School of Information and Communication Studies, will present on his work with Dr. Patrick Bresnihan, Maynooth University, about anti-extractivism and environmental justice movements in Ireland against multinationals.

Kate Flood: Just Transition and Irish peatlands: fostering transformative ecological, economic, and socio-cultural relationships with peatland landscapes

Dr. Kate Flood, EPA researcher, the cultural context and experiences of communities in the midlands regions of Ireland as they transition from extracting peat systems to more regenerative models. These transitions require ‘social-ecological’ investment and resourcing, both for the scientific aspects of peatland restoration, rewetting and conservation and the relational networks that are crucial to building the collaborative communities, cultures and economies of the future.