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Just Transition as a Worker Movement in Global North and South

Date: 14 Oct 2020

Just Transition as a Worker Movement in Global North and South
Second Webinar in the Just Transition Research Collaborative Webinar Series Justice in Low-Carbon Transitions

📅 Wednesday 14 October, 10.00-11.15 CEST

As a grounded concept that originated in the North American labour movement, just transition places the well-being and livelihoods of workers and communities at the heart of transitions to sustainability and low-carbon futures. This second webinar in our JTRC series on justice in low-carbon transitions will examine how the spread of the concept to the international climate policy arena and around the world has influenced the role of workers in just transition efforts. It will highlight the role of both formal and informal workers and their organizations and explore the differences that shape just transitions as a worker movement in global North and South.


  • Jenny Patient, PhD Student, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield
  • Woodrajh (Woody) Aroun, former Education and Parliamentary Officer of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)
  • Susanita Tesiorna, President, Alliance of Workers in the Informal Economy/Sector (ALLWIES) and Council Member of National Anti-Poverty Commission - Workers in the Informal Sector Council
Discussant: David Uzzell, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey

Moderator: Jo Cutter, Lecturer in Work and Employment Relations, Leeds University Business School

This webinar is the second in the series Justice in Low-Carbon Transitions which covers the following topics.

To find out when the next one is taking place, keep in touch via @JTRC or sign up to MyUNRISD today!

Photo: Composition based on Coal miners at the end of their shift by Jan Truter (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 via Flickr)