Huge congratulations to our climate urbanism team members Ping Huang and Linda Westman for securing a new research grant with the British Academy – Just Transitions on the Ground: Ecological Civilization in Urban China?

Addressing the challenge of anthropogenic climate change entails a global transition towards decarbonization. This transition process needs to be not only environmentally sustainable, but also socially just and inclusive. Nevertheless, the term ‘just transition’ is often approached theoretically instead of empirically, leading to a lack of substantive meaning and contextual sensitivity. Moving away from an abstract and normative approach to just transition, this project engages with just transitions on the ground through exploration of a high-profile transition strategy in contemporary China: ‘ecological civilization.’ Specifically, the project takes up the city as the unit of analysis and examines whether, how, and to what extent ecological civilization is designed and pursued in practice as a form of just transition. The project will generate evidence-based insights into the potential pathways for a just transition.

You can find out more about the call here: