Justice in Transition:

Transforming Social Inequalities Through Inclusive Climate Action

7 – 8 March 2023

Graduate School of Business Conference Centre, University of Cape Town Breakwater Lodge campus

Portswood Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa 



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Climate change surfaces inequalities and injustices between and within the world’s societies. They no longer only manifest in the unequal share of global emissions and unequal access to technologies and finance to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While these challenges persist, the impacts of climate change are progressing at a faster pace than societies can adapt. This situation leaves them increasingly in a need to manage intersecting crises. 

These challenges range from managing unequal access to energy, water, sanitation, transport, waste removal and other climate sensitive technologies and services to unequal protection to the impacts of extreme weather events and subsequent disasters. Increasing deprivation may increase migration, social unrest and reduce border security. These social phenomena already occur in sub-Saharan Africa, home to the most unequal societies in the world and also the region most vulnerable to climate change.

The symposium seeks to address:

  • How can we manage socio-technical sustainability and energy transitions in just and inclusive ways while putting out the fires and spending increasing effort on adapting to climate impacts and managing climate, health, and security risks?
  • How do societies design and implement climate action to improve sustainable livelihoods, and reduce both poverty and inequality in the Global South?
  • Where can we find evidence of innovative practices in addressing such multiple objectives?
  • Which data do we have and what else do we need to build solid evidence to inform decision-making processes?
  • How can we finance transitional justice in a fair and equitable dialogue between the Global North and South?

In addition to featuring a high-level policy forum, this symposium is a unique opportunity for transdisciplinary exchange between early career researchers and senior scholars who are contributing significantly to scholarship on poverty, inequality, and climate change with a focus on hyperlocal perspectives in the Global South. Students, researchers, and practitioners are all encouraged to attend.

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How to transform social inequalities through inclusive climate action? 

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Abstracts of Sessions & Papers

For summaries of the symposium sessions, and abstracts of papers selected for presentation, view here.

Now Closed: Call for Papers

The African Research University Alliance (ARUA) provides a platform for collaborative research and knowledge exchange in a pan-African research network. The ARUA Centres of Excellence on Inequalities Research (ACEIR) and Climate and Development (ARUA-CD) invited submissions of research contribution on climate justice and equitable transitions towards sustainable development.

Read more about the call here