How will climate change affect people and places facing poverty and disadvantage in the UK?
This programme supports the development of socially just responses to climate change in the UK.
This work seeks to ensure that people or places facing poverty and disadvantage are not disproportionately affected by climate change, or by policy or practice responses to it.
Where there are links between climate change and poverty, we want to understand the relationship between them and help others to understand it.
Our work on climate change and social justice will seek to fill gaps in our understanding and:
Mitigation: action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to increase greenhouse gas sinks.
Adaptation: adapting to risks posed by climate change to increase resilience and exploit beneficial opportunities.
To read more about this programme, read the investigations summary (PDF, 87KB)
Our first phase of research is examining the social impacts and social justice implications of climate change for the UK. We are interested in both the direct effects of climate change associated with extreme weather (such as flooding, heatwaves and drought), sea level rise and coastal erosion and the indirect implications of climate change, for example, relating to resource use and the need for a 'just transition' to a low carbon economy and society. The relationship with poverty and disadvantage is an important focus.
We are funding six projects which will provide:
See our summary listing of new projects for more details.
How will climate change affect people in the UK and how can we best develop an equitable response?
On 30 November JRF held a seminar with the Economic and Social Research Council and Local Government Association to explore the impacts of climate change on people in the UK and how fair responses can be developed. Details of the seminar findings can be found here.
In order to develop just responses to climate change we need to consider how both mitigation and adaptation responses are taking account of concerns for people facing poverty or disadvantage. We will consider how these policies can be developed more fairly. We are interested in a range of issues relating to adaptation or mitigation such as:
We anticipate commissioning research and analytical papers on different themes and arranging seminars with key stakeholders.
To boost local resilience to climate change, we want to support local practical initiatives that have wider national significance.
We will be exploring more fully how this might work in light of the activity of other organisations but expect that this could include:
We are interested in developing this programme in partnership with other organisations working in this area.