How we distribute and manage natural resources such as water, land or minerals affects not just human societies but impacts the broader environment. Any decision regarding the governance of natural resources is therefore inherently a justice decision. Yet, there is little emphasis on justice in environmental management research or practical guidance on how to achieve fairness and equity in environmental governance and public policy. This results in social dilemmas that are significant issues for government, business and community agendas, causing conflict between different community interests. Justice in natural resource management is a growing research field both in Australia and internationally, and researchers are actively creating a ‘space’ in academia that explores the many intersections between environment, natural resource management and justice.
Based on the newly-released edited book "Natural Resources and Environmental Justice: Australian Perspectives", this seminar will outline the many different conceptualizations of justice relevant to environmental management, discuss their impacts, and identify current knowledge gaps and future priorities.
About the speaker
Dr Anna Lukasiewicz is a Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Dr Lukasiewicz is a ‘justice’ researcher with an interdisciplinary background focusing on sustainability, natural resource management and social justice. She has a PhD from Charles Sturt University in Natural Resource Management, a Masters in Social Science (International Development) from RMIT and a Bachelor of International Studies from the Flinders University of South Australia. Since her PhD, she has been developing the Social Justice Framework; an empirically grounded guide to incorporating justice and fairness into natural resource management.