1 October 2020

Environmental injustice: supporting members to prevent the compromise of science-based evidence

The IES is committed to supporting the work of environmental science professionals and promoting an evidence-based approach to decision and policy making within the sector. In line with this commitment, we are interested in learning more from IES members about their professional experience of ‘environmental injustices’ or incidents where environmental science and science-based advice has been compromised or ignored in decision-making. 

This may relate to cases where individuals are aware of, for example, failures to follow due legal process, ineffective public consultation, poor accountability or governance, abuses of power, or lack of effective monitoring. Please note that awareness of such cases by members is in no way considered a breach of the IES Code of Conduct and we will not be asking individuals to name specific projects, clients or partners as part of this work.  

The aim of this work will be to explore how the IES can support members that are affected by environmental injustices to ensure environmental science is not compromised or side-lined, for example, by allowing individuals to connect with others who have similar concerns or to provide access to platforms for civil society or legal-based action.  

Please find below several case studies which outline instances where environmental science and governance have been compromised. The Environmental Justice Atlas is also a useful resource: the atlas is supported by the EU funded ENVJUST project (European Research Council Advanced Grant 2016-2021) and documents community stories of social conflict and environmental issues. 

Please consider completing this anonymous survey in order to help us to understand the experiences of IES members. This short survey will be used to find out how these issues are impacting our members, and will help to identify potential avenues for us to support those that are affected. The survey covers 13 questions and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.