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Justice and Fairness in the CityA Multi-Disciplinary Approach to 'Ordinary' Cities$
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Simin Davoudi and Derek Bell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318385

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318385.001.0001

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Urban greenspace and environmental justice claims

Urban greenspace and environmental justice claims

(p.25) Two Urban greenspace and environmental justice claims
Justice and Fairness in the City

Simin Davoudi

Elizabeth Brooks

Policy Press

Defining the justice in ‘environmental justice’ has not been straightforward and remains an open question. While not claiming to provide a definitive solution, this chapter seeks to move the debate forward by developing a pluralistic understanding of justice to identify when an uneven distribution of urban greenspace could be considered an environmental injustice. The various benefits of greenspace for human health and wellbeing are outlined prior to introducing the case study city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the distribution of greenspace within it. The chapter then goes on to extrapolate the dimensions of environmental justice to a five-point model that begins with, but goes beyond, distributional justice to include the justices of recognition, participation, capability and responsibility. Consideration of these various types of justice shows that the impact of a deficiency (lack or poor quality) of greenspace is likely to be more felt in socially deprived communities.

Keywords:   greenspace, environmental justice, distribution, recognition, participation, capability, responsibility, newcastle upon tyne

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