From: “Nora Räthzel”
“The fact that labour studies and environmental studies are separate spheres of research serves to reinforce the failure of researchers to appreciate the importance of their reciprocal significance and contribution. This shortcoming has been carried through to the lecture theatre. It is extremely rare for academic courses on the environment and climate change to discuss issues of labour. Likewise, there are few courses on labour that explore the implications of climate change for working conditions and labour rights.”
Since then there has been a significant growth in research as well as courses on Environmental Labour Studies. As a result of this growing interest, we – Nora Räthzel, Dimitris Stevis and David Uzzell – are planning a Handbook on Environmental Labour Studies. This will explore the way in which nature and labour are intrinsically linked and equally threatened by globalising Capital as well as the role of trade unions and workers’ movements worldwide in resisting globalising environmental degradation and climate change. We want it to be a valuable resource for students and teachers in this area.
We know from talking to colleagues that this subject is now becoming an important topic on many courses throughout the world in politics, sociology, environmental studies, labour studies, and others. We are trying to collect a list of these courses in order to demonstrate to the publisher that a handbook is useful and necessary. Do you know of any courses which include the teaching of some aspects of environmental labour studies? If you can write and give us any information (if possible, a link to the syllabus), we would be very grateful.
Should you be interested in writing a chapter in such a handbook please inform us and let us know what your particular interest and contribution would be.
Kind regards, nora