Why telecoupling research needs to account for environmental justice

Boillat, Sébastien; Martin, Adrian; Adams, Timothy; Daniel, Desiree; Llopis, Jorge; Zepharovich, Elena; Oberlack, Christoph; Sonderegger, Gabi; Bottazzi, Patrick; Corbera, Esteve; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe; Pascual, Unai (2020). Why telecoupling research needs to account for environmental justice. Journal of land use science, 15(1), pp. 1-10. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/1747423X.2020.1737257

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Engaging with normative questions in land system science is a key challenge. This debate paper highlights the potential of incorporating elements of environmental justice scholarship into the evolving telecoupling framework that focuses on distant interactions in land systems. We first expose the reasons why environmental justice matters in understanding telecoupled systems, and the relevant approaches suited to mainstream environmental justice into telecoupled contexts. We then explore which specific elements of environmental justice need to be incorporated into telecoupling research. We focus on 1) the distribution of social-ecological burdens and benefits across distances, 2) power and justice issues in governing distantly tied systems, and 3) recognition issues in information flows, framings and discourses across distances. We conclude our paper highlighting key mechanisms to address injustices in telecoupled land systems.

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Journal Article (Further Contribution)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability > Unit Land Systems and Sustainable Land Management (LS-SLM)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Graduate School:

International Graduate School North-South (IGS North-South)

UniBE Contributor:

Boillat, Sébastien-Pierre, Adams, Timothy, Daniel-Ortmann, Desiree Christina, Llopis, Jorge Claudio (B), Zepharovich, Elena, Oberlack, Christoph, Sonderegger, Gabi, Bottazzi, Patrick, Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe


900 History > 910 Geography & travel




Taylor & Francis


[420] Managing telecoupled landscapes for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services and poverty alleviation
[803] Cluster: Land Resources
[805] Sustainability Governance




Evi Nina Rothenbühler

Date Deposited:

30 Apr 2020 07:38

Last Modified:

02 Mar 2023 23:33

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Telecoupling, environmental justice, ecosystem services, power, governance, decolonial thought





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