The CCJ at UBC advances the urgent social, political and economic changes necessary to address the climate crisis.

By supporting collaborative, interdisciplinary and intersectional research across diverse knowledge systems, the CCJ is a place of mobilization – connecting critical research and community engagement to meet the demands for climate justice. 

As a Centre for Climate Justice, we aim to utilize UBC’s resources and capacities in service of those already working towards an environmentally just future. This means working beyond the university in innovative ways by bringing together activists, policy makers, elders, scholars, and communities to identify demands, facilitate community action, and transform policy.

UBC’s campuses are situated within the traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and in the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the nsyilxcən speaking Syilx Okanagan Nation and their peoples. In recognition of past and ongoing acts of colonial violence and land theft, our work takes place in the spirit of repair. That includes an ongoing attempt to repair the damage done to our collective knowledge by the systemic exclusion of Black, Indigenous and non-European experts and knowledge holders, often created by extractive, unaccountable research practices in frontline communities.

Our focus is both local and global, because global North nationalist responses to a planetary crisis are inherently unjust as well as insufficient to address the scale of the climate emergency.

The CCJ’s primary aims are:

  • Convening dialogues on climate justice with local and frontline communities, social movements and institutions. 
  • Supporting front line communities in advancing climate justice by bringing together and mobilizing UBC faculty, staff and students to meet their needs.
  • Translating & amplifying the research, needs, and challenges of front line communities and climate justice movements into wider policy, political and economic transformations.

Housed within UBC Geography, the CCJ is currently led by an interim executive committee as it continues to develop.

Co-Directors:

Candis Callison, Associate Professor, School of Journalism, Writing and Media and Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

Naomi Klein, UBC Professor of Climate Justice, Department of Geography

Executive Committee:

Mohammed Rafi Arefin, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Glen Coulthard, Associate Professor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and Department of Political Science

Jessica Dempsey, Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Amanda Giang, Assistant Professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Gaston Gordillo, Professor, Department of Anthropology 

Leila M. Harris, Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Avi Lewis, Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Maggie Low, Assistant Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning

Jarrett Martineau, Curator-in-residence, Chan Centre

Bernard Perley, Director and Associate Professor, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

Kavita Philip, Professor, Department of English Language and Literatures

Geraldine Pratt, Head of Department and Professor, Department of Geography

M.V. Ramana, Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues and Director, Centre for India and South Asia Research

Jocelyn Stacey, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Programs, Peter A. Allard School of Law 

We are always open to new collaborations and partnerships; please contact us at climate.justice@ubc.ca

For media enquiries, please contact mary.halton@ubc.ca and for graduate opportunities, graduate.program@geog.ubc.ca

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