Profile: Megan Blomfield
My research concerns global justice and the environment, focusing on the ethical problem of climate change. I am currently writing a book on this topic, in which I ask what the world would look like if natural resources were shared fairly and what this can tell us about the kind of problem that climate change presents and what responding to it justly would involve. In related work, I investigate the connections between climate change and historical injustices such as colonialism - a subject that I hope to devote more time to in future, alongside topics such as human-land relationships, territory, the rights of indigenous peoples, environmental justice and environmental racism.
I am also interested in the connections between knowledge, uncertainty, learning and fairness. I have written about the ethical responsibilities of researchers in economics and climate geoengineering; and I am currently working on papers concerning epistemic injustice in asylum application credibility assessments, and possible interactions between uncertainty and fairness in international decision-making.
(2016) ‘Historical use of the climate sink’. Res Publica 22 (1): 67-81.
(2015) ‘Geoengineering in a climate of uncertainty’, pp. 39-58 in Climate Change and Justice, ed. Jeremy Moss. Cambridge University Press.
(2015) ‘Climate change and the moral significance of historical injustice in natural resource governance’, in The Ethics of Climate Governance, ed. Catriona McKinnon and Aaron Maltais. Rowman & Littlefield International.
(2013) ‘Global common resources and the just distribution of emission shares’, Journal of Political Philosophy 21 (3): 283-304.
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