Building equity and fairness into climate solutions

MIT Faculty and Researchers

Janelle Knox-Hayes (lead), Nicholas Ashford, David Birge, Gabriella Carolini, Rania Ghosn, Sally Haslanger, Caroline Jones, Miho Mazereeuw, Caitlin Mueller, Leslie Norford, Mary Anne Ocampo, Eric Robsky Huntley, Justin Steil, Lawrence Vale, Sarah Williams, Nicholas de Monchaux

MIT Schools/Affiliation

External Collaborators

Kate Bennett (Boston Housing Authority), Alison Brizius (City of Boston), Courtney Humphries (Universitry of Massachusetts, Boston), Leslie Jonas (Native Land Conservancy, Inc.), Jean-Luc Pierite (North American Indian Center of Boston), Ingrid Robeyns (Ethics Institute, Utrecht University), Barry Reaves (Boston Planning and Development Agency), Lauren Shurtleff (Boston Planning and Development Agency), John Walkey (GreenRoots)

Research summary

The Equitable Resilience Framework (ERF) strives to make resilience more equitable, just, and effective, and to generate long-term economic, social, cultural, and environmental transformations. Developed in collaboration with specific communities in the greater Boston region, the ERF combines a capabilities approach with enhanced tradeoff analysis and knowledge convergence to bring community, academic, industry, and policy stakeholders together in generating and implementing resilience solutions. The ERF addresses the technocratic shortcomings that have historically guided resilience projects. By reconceptualizing the linkages between resilience and equity in communities the ERF gives researchers and practitioners better theoretical and practical tools for applying resilience to interconnected social systems across different timescales. The ERF facilitates just solutions while empowering communities that are often overburdened by environmental injustice and climate change impacts.

download factsheet

Get involved


Contact Janelle Knox-Hayes:

Other MIT Initiatives