Environmental Injustice Case Study Framework


  1. What is the setting of this case? What are its assets? What changes, opportunities and threats will impact this setting in coming years? 

  2. What environmental threats (from worst case scenarios, pollution and climate change) are there in this setting? 

  3. What intersecting factors -- social, cultural, political, technological, ecological -- contribute to environmental health vulnerability and injustice in this setting? 

  4. Who are stakeholders, what are their characteristics, and what are their perceptions of the problems?

  5. What have different stakeholder groups done (or not done) in response to the problems in this case?

  6. How have environmental problems in this setting been reported on by media, environmental groups, companies and government agencies? 

  7. What local actions would reduce environmental vulnerability and injustice in this setting?

  8. What extra-local actions (at state, national or international levels) would reduce environmental vulnerability and injustice in this setting and similar settings?

  9. What kinds of data and research would be useful in efforts to characterize and address environmental threats in this setting and similar settings? 

  10. What intersecting injustices -- data, economic, epistemic, gender, health, infrastructure,  intergenerational, media, procedural, racial, reproductive -- contribute to environmental injustice in this setting?  


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October 2, 2020 - 11:02pm

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Case Study Framework for the course Environmental Injustice


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Kim Fortun, "Environmental Injustice Case Study Framework", contributed by Tim Schütz, Kim Fortun, Prerna Srigyan, Kaitlyn Rabach and Maggie Woodruff, Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 14 January 2022, accessed 17 May 2022. https://disaster-sts-network.org/content/environmental-injustice-case-study-framework