The aims of the Geographies of Justice Research Group are:
- To advance a broad view of the geographies of justice, defined as the distribution of benefits and burdens amongst society and over space, and the processes which affect that distribution. Geographical work in this field is rich, diverse and multi-scalar, focusing on wider structural, political and institutional contexts as well as on everyday experiences, practices and agency; it is sensitive to change and difference across space and time and between cultures. The main areas of focus of the group include research which identifies the patterning, causation and lived experiences of social inequalities, injustice and oppression, for example issues of poverty and wealth; health and well-being (physical, mental, psychological and emotional); living conditions, housing and other material environments; crime and criminal justice; spatial politics; social identities, inclusion and exclusion; migration; environmental justice; risk and public perception; citizenship; social policy critique and development; social and community development; social movements, social action, resistance and resilience.
- To bring together and provide a separate forum for geographers working in this field, to provide the level of focus this work justifies and to foster greater communication, networking and sense of community among scholars.
- To foster dialogue and collaboration between geographers working on justice in the Global North and South. While Global South research in these fields is often separately bracketed as ‘development’, it shares many common themes with work on the North and both would benefit from greater cross-fertilisation.
- To promote a focus upon the current mainstreaming of equalities issues by the UK government, and in doing so advance geographical understandings of justice, equality and human rights.
- To interrogate the place of policies affecting justice across a range of spatial scales at varying levels of formality, including governance, social movements and community-led action.
- To promote research practice which informs and promotes justice, including the development of appropriate methodologies, the transformation of personal practices, the exploration of linkages with pedagogy, and modes of research dissemination, influence and academic engagement within and beyond the academic community of geographers.