Critical Mapping for Researching and Acting Upon Environmental Conficts : The Case of the EJAtlas

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In this chapter, we revise the trajectory and relevance of the Global Atlas of Environmental Justice (EJAtlas) as one of the main research projects and outcomes of the Barcelona Research Group in Environmental Justice Studies and Political Ecology. We first trace the origins, scope, and methodology of the EJAtlas as a unique participatory mapping project that is both global in scope and informed by the co-production of knowledge between academia and groups seeking environmental justice. We then highlight how the work of the EJAtlas reflects and contributes to a larger trend in the field of Environmental Justice that looks to integrate critical cartography and mapping practices into both research and activist efforts. Looking ahead, we reflect on the limits and unresolved challenges of the platform, as well as on the innovative uses of the tool for advancing a spatial, comparative, and statistical political ecology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Barcelona School of Ecological Economics and Political Ecology. A Companion in Honour of Joan Martinez-Alier
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland :
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-22566-6
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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