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Northeast Climate Justice Research Collaborative

Launched in the Spring of 2022, the Northeast Climate Justice Research Collaborative (The Collaborative) is a trans-disciplinary network for academic and community researchers in the Northeast. The Collaborative is composed of researchers—whether experienced or just getting started—who are interested in actively working to advance practices and policies that ensure historically excluded communities are safe and healthy despite the changing climate. Through networking, dialogue, funding, and resource-sharing, we support scholars to maximize the benefits of research for the communities they are working with. The Collaborative is convened by the Sustainable Solutions Lab (SSL) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. 

Join the Collaborative!

We welcome all local and regional climate justice researchers — whether you've been doing research in the field for many years or are starting to explore this area of inquiry. Please fill out this interest form to let us know you’d like to join The Collaborative.


Goals of the Collaborative: 

The Collaborative brings together researchers from across many disciplines to: 

  • Weave together and develop regional climate justice research networks.  
  • Create a supportive community of practice for emerging climate justice researchers, especially those from groups historically underrepresented in the environmental, climate, and sustainability sciences.   
  • Enhance the capacity of regional climate justice researchers to bridge Environmental Justice (EJ) communities and regional policy- and decision-makers.   

How do you define climate justice research? 

We are committed to research and practice that: 

  • Prioritizes the needs and desires of EJ communities in confronting the impacts of climate change. 
  • Fully integrates community knowledge and perspectives in climate research, policy, and planning. 

Network Benefits 

Joining the Northeast Climate Justice Research Collaborative grants you access to: 

  • Seed grants to support climate justice research in the Northeast  
  • Workshops to support researchers' ability to leverage their work and make it actionable 
  • Collaborative gatherings, convenings, and networking opportunities 
  • SSL's climate justice literature Mendeley library 
  • The Collaborative listserv for sharing ideas, questions, and resources 

This initiative received inaugural funding from the Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award.

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