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Education is Not for Sale

Education is Not for Sale



Education, Environmental Health, and Social Justice

Guest Editors: David Hursh & Camille Anne Martina


This special issue of Policy Futures in Education ( will focus on the relationship between environmental health, social justice, and education.

The relationship between the built and natural environment and human health is often misunderstood and under-appreciated. Improving our health requires that we examine how our everyday activities such as product and energy use (biomass and fossil fuels), agricultural and industrial practices, and transportation methods increase our exposure to toxic substances and contribute to climate and other environmental changes. In addition, environmental health is an issue of social justice. Sadly, individuals who live in poverty or are from a racial, ethnic or religious minority are more likely to live in unhealthy environments and carry a greater body burden of toxic exposures (Agyeman, 2013; Agyeman, Bullard & Evans, 2003).

Responding to environmental health issues and inequalities requires more than individual solutions, it requires community and governmental responses. Therefore, we need to explore what reforms and policies could be implemented to mediate and resolve these health inequalities.

Lastly, this requires informing all citizens through popular media and formal and informal education about the relationship between the environment and human health. What questions need to be posed and how do we respond to them?

We invite submissions from a wide range of fields, including but not limited to public and environmental health, anthropology, sociology, environmental sustainability, education, political science, health policy, and philosophy, connecting environmental health, social justice, and education.


DAVID HURSH (PhD) is a professor of education at the Warner Graduate School of Education at the University of Rochester, USA
CAMILLE ANNE MARTINA (PhD) is a research assistant professor in the Departments of Public Health Science and Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical School, USA


Submissions are due March 1, 2014,
and should be sent to the Guest Editors: and



Agyeman, J. (2013) Introducing Just Sustainabilities: policy, planning, and practice. London: Zed Books.
Agyeman, J., Bullard, R. & Evans, B. (Eds) (2003) Just Sustainabilities: development in an unequal world. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.




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