Climate Justice – online webinar

Climate Justice – online webinar

Climate Justice webinar on Thursday 24 September 2020 11.00 – 13.30 BST to discuss what further work needs to be done, both by industry and the research community.

Buildings & Cities in partnership with UKGBC is holding a webinar on Climate Justice to discuss an agenda for industry and the research community. This builds on research findings in the recent B&C Climate Justice special issue.

Vulnerability to climate impacts is unevenly distributed due to pre-existing patterns of privilege and marginalization within society. Low income, socially and economically marginalized communities, individuals suffering from chronic diseases or social isolation, older and young people, and vulnerable populations will be disproportionately affected by climate change due to their limited ability to adapt. In addition, some mitigation and adaptation programmes may actually exacerbate existing vulnerabilities or create new ones for marginalised people.

This forum will bring together existing research from academic institutions on this important topic and discuss what further work needs to be done, both by industry and academia. Key findings are presented from a special issue of Buildings & Cities: Climate Justice: The Role of the Built Environment.


  • Sophia Cox, UKGBC
  • Anna Mavrogianni, University College London
  • Sonja Klinsky, Arizona State University
  • Nicola Willand, RMIT University
  • Paula Vandergert, University of East London


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