UBC Graduate Research

Student-Activists’ Narratives on Organizing for Climate Justice in Institutional Settings : An Observational and Participatory Qualitative Study Bhalla, Manvi


This study aimed to ascertain a better understanding on how climate change fits into the everyday life of student-activists and strives to capture the unique experiences, challenges and emotions as encompassed by their dual identities as activists and students. Using a social justice framework lens applied to the concept of climate justice, this qualitative research relied on event ethnography of the global climate strike in Vancouver, British Columbia, alongside photo-voice participatory action research (n=5-10) and semi-structured one-on-one interviews (n=5-10) with student-activists who work or volunteer at the University of British Columbia to meet the research objectives. This climate justice-centred research is enabled by a partnership with SEEDs and is of great significance to the community partner, Climate Hub— alongside other stakeholders involved in the implementation of climaterelated policies including UBC’s Climate Emergency declaration, Campus Vision 2050, Wellbeing’s Strategic Framework and Climate Action Plan 2030. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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