Environmental Justice Scholarship and Activism in the post-Soviet Countries

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: European Specialty Group, Ethics, Justice, and Human Rights Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (MDT)
Room: Virginia C, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Nino Antadze
Chairs: Nino Antadze

Call for Submissions

If interested, please send the session organizer (nantadze@upei.ca) your name, institutional affiliation, and a paper abstract of up to 250 words by October 20, 2018.


Since its genesis, the scope of the environmental justice frame has expanded from mere exposure to environmental risk to cover a diversity of issues (e.g., food, energy, climate, urban planning), environmental injustice claims in relation to the non-human world, and diverse geographic scales (e.g., from local to global) (Schlosberg, 2013). Although the majority of environmental justice scholarship remains focused on the North American context (Reed & George, 2011), environmental justice scholars have greatly expanded the geographic coverage of their scholarship. This development is especially important because the very nature of justice claims vary across space and time, and are deeply embedded in their broader political, cultural, and regional contexts (Agyeman, Cole, Haluza-DeLay, & O’Riley, 2010; Walker, 2009; Williams & Mawdsley, 2006). Not only may the origins and manifestations of environmental injustice differ as we move from one place to another, but also the very understanding of what is just can stem from different socio-ecological circumstances (Harvey, 1997; Walker, 2009).

Within this burgeoning environmental justice literature, the coverage of environmental injustice cases in the countries of the former Soviet Union is relatively scarce. Expanding this array of work promises to reveal new insights about how and why environmental justice claims translate in this dynamic and diverse region.

This session aims to bring together scholars who explore the articulations, origins, and manifestations of environmental injustice in the post-Soviet countries as they relate to resource extraction, agriculture, climate change, urban development, and diverse related dimensions. The session is open to papers that cover a wide range of topics, contexts, and theoretical approaches.


Agyeman, J., Cole, P., Haluza-DeLay, R., & O’Riley, P. (2010). Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.
Harvey, D. (1997). Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference. Malden, MA: Wiley.
Reed, M. G., & George, C. (2011). Where in the world is environmental justice? Progress in Human Geography, 35(6), 835–842.
Schlosberg D (2013) Theorising environmental justice: the expanding sphere of a discourse. Environmental Politics 22(1): 37–55.
Walker, G. (2009). Beyond Distribution and Proximity: Exploring the Multiple Spatialities of Environmental Justice. Antipode, 41(4), 614–636.
Williams, G., & Mawdsley, E. (2006). Postcolonial environmental justice: Government and governance in India. Geoforum, 37(5), 660–670.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Garrett Wolf*, , Reconceptualizing Transition from the Socialist City to the Post-Socialist City: The Reproduction of Tashkent 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Lola Gulyamova*, National University of Uzbekistan, Dimensions of Gentrification in Uzbekistan 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Roman Lozynskyi*, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Peri-urban Transformations and Emergence of Eclectic Suburbs in Largest Ukrainian Cities: The Case of Lviv, Ukraine 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Rachel Berndtson*, University of Maryland - College Park, Viticultural Landscapes and Ecosystem Services: A Case of Georgia 20 10:55 AM
Presenter Nino Antadze*, University of Prince Edward Island, Kety Gujaraidze, Association Green Alternative, Energy Justice as a Discursive Frame: The Case of Hydropower Development in the Republic of Georgia 20 11:15 AM

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