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A low Carbon research seminar in political philosophy and environmental sciences to examine and discuss the metamorphoses of the socio-environmental question.

Socio-economic and political inequalities lead to environmental inequalities that have an impact on the health and quality of life of individuals and groups. It also affects our ability to deal collectively and effectively with social and environmental problems. This calls for a political articulation of the “social issue” and the “environmental issue”. To contribute to this, the
seminar “Social Justice and Ecological Transitions” examines how values and ideas about well-being and distributive justice can inform policy design and the evolution of practices that promote transitions to ecologically  sustainable social and political models. It also examines how practices and innovations that promote ecological transitions can contribute to redefining our conceptions of well-being, our ways of thinking and measuring socio-economic inequalities, and norms of social and distributive justice.

This annual seminar, organized on the main campus of the Université Paris-Est Créteil, welcomes specialists in ecological transitions, social change and social justice from a resolutely multidisciplinary perspective, to explore and examine the intellectual, technical, ethical, social, economic and political changes required to contribute to the definition of a socially and politically just and sustainable conception of development, taking into account the limits of the biosphere as defined by environmental sciences.

This seminar operates as an incubator for the development of the “European Observatory on Environmental Inequalities“.

This seminar is also proposed as part of the disciplinary scientific training to doctoral students of the doctoral schools “Cultures and Society” (CS), “Organizations, Markets, Institutions” (OMI) and “Cities, Transport and Territories” (VTT) of the University Paris-Est.