About us

The Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), formerly the Environmental Justice Research Unit (EJRU), was founded in 2016 to bring together scholars in the School of Law and Politics working on the legal and political dimensions of environmental degradation. 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 environmental law and politics, and we welcome student membership and participation. Our PhD students are particularly valued members and we benefit from their contribution to our events and the development of the Centre.

Our Events

The Centre hosts and supports a range of events, including:

  • Thought-in-Progress (TIP) Series A monthly meeting where the speaker tests out new ideas for a project and/or paper.
  • Reading GroupDecolonising the Anthropocene: This is a multi-disciplinary reading group co-hosted with Cardiff Environment Cultures in the English Department. We use our monthly gathering to  explore texts that help us to make sense of and challenge knowledge, scales and relations of global environmental degradation.
  • Workshops and conferences: We facilitate and support a range of staff and student events. You can get a flavour of some of these different events here.

If you are interested in joining the group or would like to present your research to the group, 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. In order to reduce the environmental impact of our activities, we always try to host our speakers via Skype or Zoom 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; Knowledge and power; IPCC; 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 members

Jennifer Allan

Biodiversity; Climate change; Chemicals; Waste; Negotiations; Non-state governance; Framing; Regime complexity.

Richard Caddell

Coastal habitats; Climate change; Fisheries; Human Rights and the Environment; Law of the Sea; Marine conservation; Marine mammals; Migratory species;  Polar law;  Wildlife law.

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.

Dorothy Kwek

Comparative political thought; Decolonial and postcolonial theories and methods; Indigenous and First Nations ideas and praxis.

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.

Caer Smyth

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

Elen Stokes

Futures; New technologies; Regulation; Risk.

Valeria Tolis

Climate change mitigation; Global environmental politics; EU climate change action; Discourse theory; Discourse analysis; Lacanian discourse analysis.

Research fellows

Mulugeta Getu Sisay

Key words:  Climate change; Emission regulation; Electro-mobility; Instrumental choices; Leapfrogging; Decarbonising transportation; Non-motorised transport.

Project title: Leapfrogging to low-carbon transport modes and non-motorised transport in Ethiopia.

Postgraduate student members

Harry Conway

Capacity building; Foucauldian governmentality, power and knowledge; Neoliberal agenda; Patent and property rights; Sustainable development; Technology transfer.

Thesis: UNFCCC Paris Agreement and The Neoliberal Agenda: A case of Adaptive Technology for Developing Countries.