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Mobilising for just transition within and beyond the workplace

Bell, Karen


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Karen Bell
Senior Lecturer Environmental Management


Nora R�thzel

Dimitris Stevis

David Uzzell


Under the banner of ‘Just Transition’, the labour movement has articulated the necessity to transform workplace production practices and to tackle social and environmental problems in tandem (e.g. labor4sustainability 2017). Yet, in order to most effectively, efficiently and equitably transform our societies towards sustainability, efforts will also need to be made to mobilise the working-class beyond the workplace. This chapter considers how trade unions can extend their sustainability thinking and efforts to those not currently engaged with labour unionism. This would mean reaching out to those not yet accessing information or opportunities in relation to Just Transition due to their economic or social situation, such as carers; unemployed, disabled and retired people; and those who work in non-unionised and casualised employment sectors.


Bell, K. (2021). Mobilising for just transition within and beyond the workplace. In N. Räthzel, D. Stevis, & D. Uzzell (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Environmental Labour Studies. London: Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature).

Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2020
Online Publication Date Aug 30, 2021
Publication Date Aug 31, 2021
Deposit Date Jun 4, 2021
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature)
Book Title The Palgrave Handbook of Environmental Labour Studies
ISBN 9783030719081
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