Research Methods in Environmental Law

A Handbook

Handbooks of Research Methods in Law series

Edited by Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law and Theory, Director of the Westminster Law & Theory Lab and Victoria Brooks, Lecturer in Law, Westminster Law School, University of Westminster, UK

This timely Handbook brings innovative, free-thinking and radical approaches to research methods in environmental law. With a comprehensive approach it brings together key concepts such as sustainability, climate change, activism, education and Actor-Network Theory. It considers how the Anthropocene subjects environmental law to critique, and to the needs of the variety of bodies, human and non-human, that require its protection. This much-needed book provides a theoretically informed analysis of methodological approaches in the discipline, such as constitutional analysis, rights-based approaches, spatial/geographical analysis, immersive methodologies and autoethnography, which will aid in the practical critique and re-imagining of Environmental Law.

‘The editors have tackled a difficult subject and are to be applauded for fashioning a volume that will surely stand the test of time as a landmark for environmental law scholars in the years to come.’
– Benjamin J Richardson, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment

‘The book is a thought-provoking journey of different, often experimental, innovative ideas that stretch the boundaries of environmental law research and scholarship. The volume contributes towards efforts to drive more inter-disciplinary approaches in environmental law, while critically reflecting on theoretical and methodological understandings. The diversity in disciplinary backgrounds of the authors provide a rich array of perspectives. The inter-disciplinary lens of the book is particularly topical. The section on materiality, for example, is very useful for environmental law
scholars considering how to incorporate the surge of work on ‘nature-society’ relations in the humanities and social sciences.’
– Law Environment and Development Journal

‘This collection takes a bold step towards re-situating the legal enterprise alongside those bodies whose movement it strives to direct, thereby revitalising the sense of law’s immanence to what has elsewhere been dubbed “the lawscape”, i.e. the entangled continuum of law and bodies.’
– Luigi Russi, Griffith Law Review

2017 608 pp Hardback 978 1 78471 256 3 £162.00 £180.00 $247.50 $275.00

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