20 November 2019

ULIP lecturer Dr Edouard Morena recently edited a book in collaboration with Dunja Krause and Dimitris Stevis, published by Pluto.

In the field of 'climate change', no terrain goes uncontested. The terminological tug of war between activists and corporations, scientists and governments, has seen radical notions of 'sustainability' emptied of urgency and subordinated to the interests of capital. 'Just Transition' is the latest such battleground, and the conceptual keystone of the post-COP21 climate policy world. But what does it really mean?

Just Transition emerged as a framework developed within the trade union movement to encompass a range of social interventions needed to secure workers' and frontline communities' jobs and livelihoods as economies shift to sustainable production. Just Transitions draws on a range of perspectives from the global North and South to interrogate the overlaps, synergies and tensions between various understandings of the Just Transition approach. As the concept is entering the mainstream, has it lost its radical edge, and if so, can it be recovered?

Click here to view an extract of the book.

Just Transition Book Cover

Find out what others have to say:

'Just Transition gets the politics, economics, and the morality right - this book shows us the way!' - Joseph B. Uehlein, Founding President of the Labor Network for Sustainability, and Voices for a Sustainable Future

'This brilliant book demonstrates how the concept of a 'just transition' has become a battlefield. It should be at the heart of a powerful narrative strengthening justice and sustainability; instead it is appropriated by powerful forces blocking the revolutionary change that the climate crisis requires. Readers will be forced to choose sides' - Jacklyn Cock, author of 'The War Against Ourselves Nature, Power and Justice'

'Would forestalling a climate catastrophe lead to a crisis for workers? Just Transitions provides historical perspective, thoughtful analysis, and revealing case studies demonstrating that a just transition for workers is difficult, but indeed possible' - Jeremy Brecher, author of 'Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual'

'This path breaking volume validates the concept of a Just Transition while intellectually combating attempts to appropriate it and empty it of its transformative potential. If you are serious about climate politics this is an essential read' - Vishwas Satgar, Principal Investigator for Emancipatory Futures Studies at the University of Witwatersrand

'This book puts the demand for a Just Transition right at the heart of the discussion around the Green New Deal. It situates the need for internationalism and demonstrates how a radical vision of Just Transition can ensure that workers in neither the global North nor the global South end up being sacrificed in the name of the climate emergency' - Asad Rehman, Executive Director at War on Want