Invitation to joint ACSP-AESOP Roundtable and Paper Presentation Panels on Climate Equity and Climate Justice

Published at: 1 April 2021

ACSP and AESOP invite members from our respective organizations to participate in a joint paper presentation session and a joint roundtable at the ACSP annual conference in Miami, Florida October 21-24, 2021.

The theme for each session focuses on how to integrate climate justice into planning practice. The goal of the joint sessions is to bring scholars from our organizations together to engage in international dialogue about important topics in planning. Please see the call for papers and call for participants below.

Submit abstracts and queries to William Butler ( Also, feel free to reach out to the other session organizers, Diana Reckien ( or Serena Alexander ( with questions.

Roundtable Proposal (Deadline: April 30th 2021)

Doing Climate Justice: Reflections from Europe and the Americas

This roundtable seeks to bring practitioners and researchers into conversation about the nitty gritty context of making decisions informed by climate justice aspirations and ethical frameworks. Ethical decision making in practice is fraught with challenges from organizational culture and rules, limitations on discretion, financial constraints, and ethical frameworks that are often ill-defined and unsuited to specific situations given their penchant for universality. As climate action planning is on the agenda in many cities and communities, there is increasing interest in and intent to focus on climate justice and equity in plans, policies, and investments in cities throughout the world. However, questions of how to do climate justice--making equitable and ethical decisions about where to invest, what programs to develop and prioritize, who will benefit and who will bear burdens, what communities and neighborhoods will be targeted for protection and which ones will be left to languish, and much more--have not been adequately understood in research to date. This roundtable brings practitioners who are working in the climate justice space together with researchers who explore ethical and moral decision making in practice to focus on these decisions and actions and face head-on the deeply challenging context of doing climate justice in practice. We invite scholars from both AESOP and ACSP member programs to submit short descriptions of your contributions of this conversation. This roundtable will not count against the conference limitation of one roundtable and one paper presentation per participant. For scholar participants, we encourage you to recruit practitioners with whom you might work to participate in this dialogue as well.

Paper Panel Proposal (Deadline: April 30th 2021)

Climate Justice in Practice: How Communities in Europe and America Plan to Address Climate Injustices

Climate justice has become central to climate action planning practices around the world, since it is acknowledged that disadvantaged and frontline communities will suffer the worst consequences of the climate crisis. To address the causes and consequences of climate change, many communities across Europe and America have developed their own definitions of climate justice as well as unique strategies to protect vulnerable communities. The goal of this session is to assess and analyze innovative ways communities in Europe and America have defined climate justice, and developed and implemented strategies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change. By comparing European and North American case studies, this session can help us understand the practice of climate justice planning from the perspective of professional planners and community activists. Examples of topics discussed in this session include, but are not limited to: strategies to safeguard equitable distribution of climate change burdens and planning benefits (i.e. distributional equity); innovative public engagement practices to ensure an inclusive, transparent and accessible climate planning process (i.e. procedural equity); and action to reverse past harms and dismantle existing structural systems, which cause low-income and minority communities to be disproportionately burdened by the global climate crisis (i.e. structural equity). Lessons learned can help planners define, develop and implement climate justice strategies. We invite scholars from both AESOP and ACSP member programs to submit abstracts that align with this topic. This panel will not count against the conference limitation of one roundtable and one paper presentation per participant.