About us

The Environmental Justice Research Unit (EJRU) was founded in 2016 to facilitate research into the social and political dimensions of environmental degradation within the School of Law and Politics. This institutional-level combination of law and politics enables us to pursue original research that challenges disciplinary boundaries and delves into a wide variety of environmental justice considerations.

As well as research, our members contribute to the School’s extensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching provision in the field of the environment, and we welcome student membership and participation. Our PhD students are fully integrated into the work of the unit, enabling us all to benefit from their research presentations and other initiatives.

Our Events

The Unit hosts and supports a range of events:

  • Monthly gatherings: The group gets together once a month for members to share and discuss works-in-progress, project ideas and funding proposals.
  • International video-speaker series: In these tri-annual events we host leading figures in environmental law and politics via Skype. These events are recorded and available on our listen again page.
  • Student and staff workshops and conferences: We facilitate and support a range of staff and student events.

If you are interested in joining the group or would like to be one of our video-speakers, please email Hannah Hughes (hughesh8 at cardiff.ac.uk) or Ben Pontin (pontinb at cardiff.ac.uk).

Our Ethos

We do not simply want to discuss and theorise environmental justice, we want to practice it. As such, we support the Cardiff Environmental Law Foundation Clinic, which advises the public on how to use law to protect the environment. And in order to reduce the environmental impact of our activities, we host our speakers via Skype and offer locally sourced produce served on re-usable materials.

Our Members

Below is a list of our members and their core environmental concerns and research interests:

Co-directors

Hannah Hughes

Biodiversity; Climate change; Global environmental politics; International political sociology; Knowledge and power; Pierre Bourdieu; Research methods; Sustainable development in Wales and Wales as an environmental actor.

Ben Pontin

Climate change; Environmental law; Environmental law history; Nature conservation; Politics of environmental law.

Staff 

Valerie Fogelman

Biodiversity loss; Environmental liability; Financial security for environmental liabilities and responsibilities; Future of environmental and nature conservation law.

Anna Grear

Critical legal theory; Environmental and climate justice/injustice; Human rights and environment; Legal subjectivity; Materiality; Vulnerability.

Ricardo Pereira

Biotechnologies; Environmental crime; European Union regulation; International environmental law; Marine species conservation; Natural resources management; Indigenous peoples’ rights.

Ludivine Petetin

Agriculture; Animal welfare; Food; Regulation of new technologies (like hydraulic fracturing and agricultural biotechnologies); Rural development; Trade.

Postgraduate students

Caer Smyth

Ecological justice; Environmental justice; Expertise; Legitimacy; Participatory governance; New materialisms; Rationality.

Thesis: Being ‘Reasonable’: What is entailed in working rationally in participatory environmental governance settings?