Connecting environmental justice, sustainability, and vulnerability

Christopher Boone, Michail Fragkias

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8 Scopus citations


Justice is a core yet often ignored principle of sustainability. However, sustainability for some at the expense of others undermines the principles and practice of sustainability as a force for positive change. In this chapter, we argue that sustainability research and practice can benefit from a closer reading of environmental justice scholarship. At the same time, environmental justice can draw on sustainability principles of systems thinking, anticipatory action, and environmental stewardship to strengthen its methods and approaches while broadening its constituency. Vulnerability science can bridge environmental justice and sustainability and can also benefit from the convergence of ideas, principles, and practices of these fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUrbanization and Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationLinking Urban Ecology, Environmental Justice and Global Environmental Change
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789400756663
ISBN (Print)9789400756656
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Anticipatory action
  • Distributive justice
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Procedural justice
  • Systems thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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