Environmental Justice and Governance

Master's specialisationEnvironmental Justice and Governance

Environmental justice is not only a classic, but also an urgent issue in sustainability transformations. Who benefits from our current, not sustainable economy? And who suffers most from pollution? How do we see our relationships with nature and animals? This specialization studies how we can enable a healthy environment for humans, animals and nature, and how we can govern sustainability transformations in a just manner.

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Something for you?

  • You are an engaged student who is interested in how societal and economic structures can lead to environmental (in)justices. 
  • You want to learn about how governance can affect environmental justice and can reduce injustices. 
  • You are willing to critically reflect on one’s own relative privilege and how one is situated in society.
Why study this programme?

Admission requirements

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The end goal is to contribute insights that bring society a step further into a sustainable future.
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What will you learn

  • The goal of this specialisation is to familiarise students with the most current scholarly insights, concepts, and debates in the field of environmental justice, with a specific focus on issues of governance. 
  • You will analyse root causes of environmental injustices based on historical relationships of power, such as colonialism and imperialism, but also based on decisions made on contemporary challenges, such as the energy transition and climate change.
  • You will reflect upon how governance institutions can possibly harm both people and nonhuman natures, and how governance can reduce injustices. 
Study programme

Future career opportunities

After completion, you will be equipped with skills to analyse and design policy change for sustainability, to facilitate collaboration between different parties, to write policy documents or strategic plans on environment and society. Among others, you will have the ability to become:
•    Environmental practitioner or consultant
•    Campaigner in environmental organisations
•    Policymaker in a government setting
•    Academic researcher or analyst

Career prospects

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.