Natural Resources and Environmental Justice
Australian Perspectives

Paper: 978 1 4863 0637 4 / $67.95
Published: December 2017  

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
288 pp., 6 5/8" x 9 5/8"
Environmental management involves making decisions about the governance of natural resources such as water, minerals or land, which are inherently decisions about what is just or fair. Yet, there is little emphasis on justice in environmental management research or practical guidance on how to achieve fairness and equity in environmental governance and public policy. This results in social dilemmas that are significant issues for government, business and community agendas, causing conflict between different community interests.

Natural Resources and Environmental Justice provides the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of justice research in Australian environmental management, identifying best practice and current knowledge gaps. With chapters written by experts in environmental and social sciences, law and economics, this book covers topical issues, including coal seam gas, desalination plants, community relations in mining, forestry negotiations, sea-level rise and animal rights. It also proposes a social justice framework and an agenda for future justice research in environmental management.

These important environmental issues are covered from an Australian perspective and the book will be of broad use to policy makers, researchers and managers in natural resource management and governance, environmental law, social impact and related fields both in Australia and abroad.

Readership includes researchers, managers, policy makers and anyone interested in natural resource governance, including natural resource management, environmental law, social impact and related fields.

Table of Contents:
List of Contributors
1. Environment and Justice: Defining the Field
Part 1: Context and Concepts
2. A history of global ideas about environmental justice
3. Justice Research in Practice: How can it influence environmental policy and planning?
4. Methods and methodologies in justice research
Part 2: From the Ground Up
5. Australian urban water supply-examining the implementation of public interest in desalination delivery
6. Company-community relations in the mining context: A relational justice perspective
7. Accounting for justice in local government responses to sea-level rise: evidence from two local councils in Victoria, Australia
8. Exploring the justice in forestry negotiations: trading justice for politics
Part 3: Lenses into Justice
9. Enduring and persistent injustices in water access in Australia
10. Animal property rights: justice or conservation?
11. Justice in water resource management
12. Legal determinations, geography and justice in Australia’s coal seam gas debate
13. The justice implications of focusing on the economically efficient use of natural resources and environmental impacts
Part 4: The Way Forward
14. Politics of innovation working for and against justice
15. How can environmental justice be assessed when different stakeholders disagree on justice principles? A practical solution
16. Australian jurisprudence of justice in water management: present limitations, future issues and law reform suggestions
17. The Social Justice Framework: Untangling the Maze of Justice Complexities
18. Exploring environmental justice and public policy
19. Current status and future prospects for justice research in environmental management