Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Social Justice in Sustainable Development

  • X. YangEmail author
  • Joy Kcenia O’NeilEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_298


Social justice in sustainable development is understood as the ability for societies to change and create situations that are equally accessible to all, including marginalized and oppressed individuals within different communities, and for societies to include people of different races, ethnicities, gender, class, and other axes of difference that create inequality, in decision making and efforts in sustainable development. Social justice in sustainable development includes diversity. That diversity includes different aspects of differences needed to maintain life (Martusewicz et al. 2011), including all the contextualized aspects of ecological justice such as food justice. Diversity is the strength within society and is needed to create sustainable systems in our communities.


Since sustainable development refers to ideas and actions invested to meet the needs of the present without marginalizing the future (Waghid 2014), it not only focuses on environmental...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of Wisconsin Stevens PointStevens PointUSA
  2. 2.School of Education, College of Professional StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin Stevens PointStevens PointUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Madhavi Venkatesan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA