Research

The current climate and biodiversity crises are disproportionally caused by large companies and privileged populations in richer countries. Yet, they disproportionally impact poorer countries, and marginalized populations. It is crucial therefore to make this question central in our approach and solutions for these crises.

The work of the Georgetown Environmental Justice Program relies on four pillars: economic models, public policy dialogues, an eco-campuses network and the Economy of Francesco.

First, we are building economic models that can help us navigate the diversity of crises we are currently facing. These models will allow us to take into accounts neglected variables such as income and wealth inequalities, or geographic variations of the impact of climate change.

Second, we use these models and insights from political and social sciences to build recommendations for public bodies looking to conduct a just transition to a more sustainable world.

Third, we open a way for such a transition in the higher education world: we draw on the strength of the global Jesuit higher education community to understand what makes a campus an “eco-campus”, and how to build one.

Finally, we aim to offer a platform to young economists from countries of the global South who work in the framework of the Economy of Francesco.

last updated: 02-02-2021