HDGC-HRD Symposium: Socio-ecological Justice in Hazards Adaptation: Clean air, clean water & health

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: HDGC & HRD Symposium: Socio-ecological Justice in Hazards Adaptation
Sponsor Groups: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM (PST)
Room: Virtual 6
Organizers: Samuel Rufat, Nicole Hutton, Ronald Schumann, Alana Rader, An-Min Wu
Chairs: Ronald Schumann

Call for Submissions

To highlight ongoing, justice-centered research on these pressing issues, the Human Dimensions of Global Change (HDGC) and Hazards, Risks, and Disasters (HRD) Specialty Groups are co-hosting a symposium during the 2021 AAG Annual Meeting. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

- Frameworks and methods for exploring social or environmental justice
- Socio-ecological feedbacks in hazard vulnerability
- Resilient land use, urban growth, or resource management strategies
- Sustainable disaster recovery
- Climate gentrification and managed retreat
- Green infrastructure, green gentrification, and justice implications of nature-based strategies
- Socio-ecological impacts of urban forestry
- Traditional and scientific knowledge integration for decision-making
- Culture, values, and ethics in hazards and climate risk reduction
- Public participation and stakeholder engagement in hazards and global change research.
- Applied research on hazard mitigation and global environmental change policy and planning


The confluence of disasters in 2020 underscores not only the urgency of human adaptation amid worsening hazards but also the necessity of integrating social and environmental justice into these plans. The impacts of human-induced climate change are becoming ever more noticeable, contributing to rising seas, sluggish tropical cyclones, more intense wildfires, and novel diseases. Human and ecological communities are at greater risk of harm. Consistent investments in unsustainable practices of economic development, urban growth, land use, natural resource use, and energy production are endangering entire ecosystems and magnifying inequalities in human systems. What is worse, in many cases, a combination of human action and inaction has exacerbated feedback loops between human and ecological systems that now perpetuate physical and social vulnerability.

Geographic research on equitable socio-ecological adaptation is increasingly valuable in the face of more frequent and intense hazards. Whether at an individual, community, or institutional scale, human responses to global environmental change that prioritize justice and sustainability can foster innovation, creativity, and increased resilience to extreme events.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Elizabeth MacAfee*, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Assembling drinking water quality and inequality: the case of Kaolack, Senegal 15 11:10 AM
Presenter Sophie Roussy*, University of Toronto Mississauga, Matthew Adams, University of Toronto Mississauga, Environmental justice in Ontario: an investigation of ambient benzene pollution and environmental inequality in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 15 11:25 AM
Presenter Justin Stoler*, University of Miami, Sara Beth Keough, Saginaw Valley State University, Alexandra Brewis, Arizona State University, Joseph Kangmennang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Amber Pearson, Michigan State University, Asher Rosinger, Pennsylvania State University, Christine Stauber, Georgia State University, Edward GJ Stevenson, Durham University, Connecting the Dots between Climate Change, Household Water Insecurity, and Migration 15 11:40 AM

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