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University of Leeds

Environmental Challenges: Justice in Natural Resource Management

University of Leeds via FutureLearn


When looking at different societies and cultures around the world, it is interesting how ubiquitous the principles of justice are. It is part of our human nature to think about equality and consider fairness as something that we do naturally. However, in practical terms, equality is hard to achieve.

This course explores three aspects of justice and applies these to environmental issues surrounding natural resource management around the world. It also introduces the Strategic Environmental Assessment and Terms of Reference.

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in justice and environmental decision-making; no previous knowledge or experience is required.

If you are working in environmental management, or wish to learn more about it, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.


  • The principles of fairness and justice
    • Welcome
    • The justice principle
    • Transaction costs
    • Arrow impossibility
    • Revision
    • Summary
  • Applying the principles
    • About week 2
    • Case study: The conundrum of future generations
    • Discussion: Natural resource management in Nepal
    • Writing about - Terms of Reference
    • Revision
    • Summary

Taught by

Jon Lovett


4.8 rating, based on 6 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 26 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    An excellent and challenging course about the inequality of access to natural resources in Nepal. The main focus of the course is on agriculture and the possibility of improving the irrigation and distribution of both water and land and improving the wealth and welfare of all members of Nepalese society.

    The course uses John Rawls Veil of Ignorance as an intellectual and ethical basis, and equality as its goal.
  • Anonymous
    As a lifelong community worker with a passion for social justice and environmental sustainability, this course was perfect to keep me up to date with current thinking and developments in my field. Stimulating and thought provoking, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in thinking critically about our place in the world.
  • Anonymous
    This course is absolutely brilliant. It gets you thinking not just about the environment, but also the justice system, equalities and other SDGs of the United Nations. I highly recommend and am going to do the entire program to earn credits with the university of Leeds.
  • Anonymous
    The course is a perfect taster for studying justice with an interesting case study and plenty of opportunities for commenting and asking questions in the forum. It's a good length and the amount of material was handy to have optional parts in case you're pushed for time.
  • Debra Janine Heald
    The course is very well presented, has very interesting topics to discuss and challenged my thought processes. It is one of the most enjoyable courses that i have done.
  • Anonymous
    Very informative course, well presented, excellent information and great feedback from the Educator. I look forward to doing another top class course in this Series.

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