The world is currently facing multiple crises that interact with each other, such as climate change, financial instability, increasing inequalities, and resource depletion – to name only a few. To cope with these challenges, the GEJP develops various modeling tools that help build scenarios of the future and provide support for policy decisions.Learn more
More information about additional current projects will be published here soon.
- The Just SustainabilityTransitions Seminars gathered scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and students from across a wide variety of disciplines to discuss the environmental and societal challenges of the Anthropocene and the ways to pursue just and sustainable pathways.
- The EJP Modeling Seminars offered a technical deep dive into various economic and geophysical models applied to environmental challenges to enable the participants to examine the possible couplings, analyze the assumptions made, and interpret the results of the models.
- The Entropocene seminar aimed at opening a transdisciplinary and interscientific debate about the notion of entropy (in the fields of thermodynamic physics, biology, theory of information, economy, social sciences, and philosophy) and to explore the economic and political challenges raised by this epistemological question in the context of the Anthropocene. Please find more details on the seminar here. The recordings can be found on the Entropocene seminar playlist.
With our partners, EJP tackled environmental challenges–in particular the energy transition, food security, and forced migrations-–emerging from the interactions of the geophysical and social processes that are transforming the Earth. Integrating the potential impacts of climate change, increasing inequalities, financial instability, and resource depletion, these toolkits were designed to be used by our partners to guide mitigation and adaptation action and to minimize the impact on disadvantaged communities to accelerate a just ecological transition. In this project, we worked not only on the what and how of decision-making, but on the who. We addressed governance challenges to accelerate the implementation of just sustainability paths in the real world by collaborating with local political economy and political science researchers on our prospective scenarios.
Economy of Francesco
Our world is in an economic and social crisis, and it is losing its points of reference while poverty and inequality are growing. Inspired by Saint Francesco of Assisi, Pope Francis launched an invitation to young economists to join him in working for “a different economy, one that helps people to live rather than dehumanizes, one that takes care of creation and does not plunder it.” This is the Economy of Francesco.
The participation of young economists in the Economy of Francesco is essential for the construction of a world in common. The Georgetown Environmental Justice Program offered young economists a space to reflect on how to reform the global economy and to develop their research and projects in this direction. Learn more about EJP’s work with the Economy of Francesco.
Observatory of Eco-campuses
Drawing on the strength of the global Jesuit higher education community, we sought to understand what makes a campus an “eco-campus” and how to build one.
We reviewed functioning initiatives around the world, in order to design a conceptual framework addressing the definition of an eco-campus. The project examined their characteristics with respect to academic content and pedagogical methods. It sought to assess their articulation of social and environmental justice issues. We also studied their relationship to local and global contexts, and their historical and social legacies.