Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ)

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

BCNUEJ’s research is motivated by a commitment to building more just, inclusive, healthy and
sustainable cities, putting equity at the center of urban planning and ensuring that the needs,
vulnerabilities, knowledge, and identities of historically marginalized groups are prioritized.
Considering current and emerging inequalities and inequities in urban development and planning,
we develop novel research on environmental justice and sustainability that builds on urban
planning, policy, and studies in social inequality and development. Building on the theory and
methods from urban planning, public policy, urban and environmental sociology, urban geography
and public health, we analyze the extent to which urban plans and policy decisions contribute
to more just, resilient, healthy, and sustainable cities, and how community groups in
distressed neighborhoods contest environmental inequities as a result of urban (re)development
processes and policies. 

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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