Environmental justice, capabilities, and the theorization of well-being

Gareth Edwards, Louise Anne Reid, Colin John Hunter

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    Environmental justice (EJ) scholarship is increasingly framing justice in terms of capabilities. This paper argues that capabilities are fundamentally about well-being and as such there is a need to more explicitly theorize well-being. We explore how capabilities have come to be influential in EJ and how well-being has been approached so far in EJ specifically and human geography more broadly. We then introduce a body of literature from social psychology which has grappled theoretically with questions about well-being, using the insights we gain from it to reflect on some possible trajectories and challenges for EJ as it engages with well-being.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)754-769
    Number of pages16
    JournalProgress in Human Geography
    Issue number6
    Early online date17 Dec 2015
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


    • Capabilities
    • Environmental ethics
    • Environmental justice
    • Eudaimonia
    • Hedonia
    • Justice
    • Well-being


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