Publication : Environmental and Social Justice in the City: Historical Perspectives

Geneviève Massard-Guilbaud and Richard Rodger (eds), White Horse Press, 2011.

The world is full of environmental injustices and inequalities, yet few European historians have tackled these subjects head on; nor have they explored their relationships with social inequalities. In this innovative collection of historical essays the contributors consider a range of past environmental injustices, spanning seven northern and western European countries and with several chapters adding a North American perspective. In addition to an introductory chapter that surveys approaches to this area of environmental history, individual chapters address inequalities in the city as regards water supply, air pollution, waste disposal, factory conditions, industrial effluents, fuel poverty and the administrative and legal arrangements that discriminated against segments of society.

Geneviève Massard-Guilbaud is Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, where she holds a chair in Environmental History. Her last book, Histoire de la pollution industrielle, France 1789-1914, was published in 2010 (Paris: EHESS). She is currently completing, with Stephen Mosley, a book entitled Common Ground: Integrating the Social and Environmental in History (forthcoming, Newcastle: CSP). Since 2007 she has been the president of the European Society for Environmental History. In France, she initiated the RUCHE (Scholarly Network of Researchers in Environmental History). At the beginning of 2010 she was appointed by the Humanities and Social Sciences Institute and the Ecology and Environment Institute of the CNRS to lead their common interdisciplinary research network in Environmental History.

Richard Rodger is Professor of Economic and Social History at Edinburgh University. He has published widely on the economic, business and urban history of Britain since 1800, was editor of Urban History from 1987-2007, and joint editor for a series of forty books under the title of ‘Historical Urban Studies’, published by Ashgate. His book The Transformation of Edinburgh: Land, Property and Trust in the Nineteenth Century was awarded the Frank Watson Prize for works on Scottish history. Ongoing research includes a project on the development of public and environmental health in Victorian Scotland. In recognition of his contributions to the study of economic and social history, Rodger was elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004.


Chapter One: Geneviève Massard-Guilbaud and Richard Rodger,
Reconsidering Justice in Past Cities: When Environmental and Social Dimensions Meet

PART 1. Constructing the Injustice

Chapter Two: Geoffrey L. Buckley and Christopher G. Boone,
‘To Promote the Material and Moral Welfare of the Community’: Neighbourhood Improvement Associations in Baltimore, Maryland, 1900-45

Chapter Three: Joanna Dean,
The Social Production of a Canadian Forest

PART 2. Managing Risks

Chapter Four: Tim Soens,
Threatened by the Sea, Condemned by Man? Flood Risk, Environmental Justice and Environmental Inequalities along the North Sea Coast 1200-1800

Chapter Five: Craig Colten,
Floods and Inequitable Responses: New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina

PART 3. Water-related Inequalities

Chapter Six: Jonas Hallström,
Urban or Suburban Water? Working Class Suburbs, Technological Systems and Environmental Justice in Swedish Cities in the Late Nineteenth Century

Chapter Seven: Christoph Bernhardt,
At the Limits of the European Sanitary City: Water-related Environmental Inequalities in Berlin-Brandenburg, c.1900-39

PART 4 Waste and Inequalities

Chapter Eight: Marcus Stippak,
German Cities and their Sewage Systems: Darmstadt and Dessau in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Chapter Nine: Stéphane Frioux,
Managing Urban Waste Disposal Facilities in France c.1900-40: A New Source of Inequality?

PART 5 Energy and Industry

Chapter Ten: Richard Oram,
Social Inequality in the Supply and Use of Fuel in Scottish Towns c.1750-1850

Chapter Eleven: Chloé Deligne and Wanda Balcers,
Environmental Protest Movements against Industrial Waste in Belgium 1850-1914

Chapter Twelve: Janet Greenlees,
Technological Choice and Environmental Inequalities: The New England Textile Industry

Available 31st January 2011, 250pp.
ISBN 13 978-1-874267-61-4 (HB) £65.00/US$90.00/€75.00

The White Horse Press



Parutions janvier 2011

Voici une petite sélection (non exhaustive) de parutions que les membres du RUCHE ont repérées ou qui nous ont été signalées :

– la revue Pollution atmosphérique consacre un numéro hors série au thème « Santé et environnement », où l’on trouve, entre autres, une mise en perspective historique par Sabine Barles, et des articles de spécialistes de sciences sociales sur le sujet, comme Isabelle Roussel et Lionel Charles.

(voir le site : et Présentation POLLUTION ATMOSPHERIQUE HORS SERIE)

– la revue Environment and History fait paraître un numéro spécial « Uncertainty and Environment », explorant les thèmes du risque et de l’incertitude . Les articles couvrent plusieurs champs géographiques, plusieurs périodes, et notamment la France et la Suisse du XVIIIe siècle à nos jours. Le sommaire est consultable sur le site de la revue : . Les articles sont téléchargeables en ligne ( ) et accessibles gratuitement pour les membres de l’ESEH sur demande auprès de la secrétaire générale Phia Steyn ou du représentant de l’association pour la France, Stéphane Frioux.

– du côté français, on attend très prochainement un numéro spécial de la revue Annales, Histoire Sciences Sociales.

– le bulletin 2011 du Groupe d’histoire des forêts françaises est en ligne sur le site de cette association :

– Eric Fabre, membre du CA du Ruche, a publié « Le loup dans son milieu en Provence au XIXe siècle. Essai d’interprétation de la nuisance lupine », Histoire & Mesure, 2010, XXV-2, p. 95-120.

Association étudiante (Rennes) cherche conférencier en histoire environnementale

Ar Vuez, association étudiante, organise tous les ans la Semaine de l’Environnement à Rennes au mois de mars. Ce festival est une manifestation, destinée à toute la population, de sensibilisation aux questions environnementales. Dans le cadre de la prochaine édition, elle programme une journée, le vendredi 18 mars, consacrée au travail des sciences humaines sur l’environnement, et recherche une personne compétente pour faire une conférence sur l’histoire de l’environnement.

Contact : Ar Vuez Association ar.vuez [at]

Séminaire RUCHE janvier 2011

Jeudi 20 janvier 2011 (EHESS, 105 Boulevard Raspail, salle 6, 2e étage, de 17h à 19 h).

Valérie CHANSIGAUD, chercheuse en histoire environnementale :
État de la recherche en zoologie : entre académisme et environnementalisme.

Séminaire ouvert à tous.
Retrouvez le programme complet de l’année :

Fellowships 2011-2012, Rachel Carson Center, Munich

Rachel Carson Center Munich Fellowship Program

Call for Applications

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2011-2012 class

of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The fellowship program, directed by Christof Mauch

(LMU Munich/Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität) and Helmuth Trischler (Deutsches Museum)

is designed to bring to Munich a cohort of excellent scholars who are working in the environmental

humanities and related disciplines.

The Center will award fellowships to scholars from around the globe and from a variety of disciplines.

Research and writing of applicants should preferably pertain to one (or more) of the topics

that will be at the core of the Center’s 2011-2012 research agenda:

Environmental Ethics, Politics, and Movements

Resource Use and Conservation

Transformation of Landscapes

Applications that deal with past and future topics of the Center will also be considered. They include:

Environmental Knowledge and Knowledge Societies

Natural Disasters and Cultures of Risk

Ecological Imperialism

The program is a writing fellowship program; the Carson Center does not sponsor field trips or archival research. Fellowships will usually be granted for periods of 6, 9 or 12 months but they can also be granted for 3 months or be broken up into individual 3 month periods. Fellows are expected to be in residence, to work on a major research project, attend the weekly Carson colloquium and present their research at the Center.

The Carson Center will pay for a replacement of the successful candidate at his or her home institution; alternatively it will pay a fellowship that is commensurate with experience and current employment.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2011. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, project description (3,000 words maximum), research schedule for the fellowship period, and the names of three scholars who might serve as references. While applicants may write in either English or German, we recommend that they use the language in which they are most proficient. They will be notified about the outcome of their application within approximately two months of the deadline given above. Please send applications (electronically only) in PDF or Word format via e-mail to

For more information about the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, visit the website at: