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When does unequal become unfair? Judging claims of environmental injustice

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Simin Davoudi, Dr Elizabeth BrooksORCiD



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The purpose of this paper is twofold. Firstly, it presents a pluralistic framework for justice that combines an expanded interpretation of distributive justice with concerns for recognition, participation, capability, and responsibility. It argues that the latter has not attracted the scholarly attention that it deserves in the environmental justice debate. Secondly, the paper demonstrates how this multidimensional framework can be applied in practice to inform practical judgments about particular environmental justice claims by using an example of traffic-related air pollution in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom.

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Author(s): Davoudi S, Brooks E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning A

Year: 2014

Volume: 46

Issue: 11

Pages: 2686-2702

Print publication date: 01/12/2014

Online publication date: 02/06/2014

Date deposited: 11/11/2016

ISSN (print): 0308-518X

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3409

Publisher: Pion Ltd.


DOI: 10.1068/a130346p


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