The main scientific objectives of the project are:

  1. Expanding the theory of environmental justice by analyzing
    the transformation of EJ mechanisms in praxis.
  2. Developing a new analytical framework of Environmental Justice by examining the tensions between typical and alternative forms of ‘doing justice’.

Empirically, the project tests if a performative approach can supplement main EJ, mechanisms by analyzing the transformation of socio-political relations conducting participatory ethnography of 4 main environmental conflicts selected as emblematic to best address our research questions: mining, land grabbing, illegal logging and waste trafficking. In departing from the rights
based paradigm, we use critical theory, ecofeminist and postcolonial studies to develop a typology of performative EJ by:

  1. differentiating between different layers of injustice beyond dualist dilemmas such as distributional vs recognition, cultural vs material (Fraser & Honneth 2003)
  2. studying the acts of un-doing assumed ‘natural’ character of (group) identities (Isin & Nielsen 2008);
  3. understanding the connections between ecology and decolonial thinking (Mignolo 2012).