UCI CLIMATE Justice Initiative


The CLIMATE (Cultural, Learning, and Institutional Model to Accelerate Transformations for Environmental) Justice Initiative tackles issues of local climate change and environmental injustice through collaborative, community-engaged research.  We seek to transform the culture of the geosciences by fostering a learning environment that brings on-the-ground challenges of environmental justice and sustainability into the heart of our research and education.

community partners
Postbac and PhD fellows
Community-based Research Projects

applications for the 2024-2025 Academic Year are now closed.

All CJI fellows, Dr. Kathleen Johnson, postdocs James and Thi, academic coordinator Robert posing in front of Interdisciplinary Sciences Building

What We Offer


CLIMATE Justice faculty will work to train diverse populations of postbaccalaureate and doctoral fellows in climate and geoscience skills. They will introduce fellows to community-based research practices and the crucial role environmental justice plays in building climate resilience.


Workshops will be given weekly in collaboration with the UCI Research Justice Shop on community-engagement and justice in research. Participants will learn about different methods of conducting community-based research, community-campus partnerships, and the pedagogy of engaged scholarship.

Community-Based Research

Fellows co-design and participate in research projects with local organizations, with the aim of sharing their technical expertise with underserved communities in Southern California that are most directly affected by climate change.

OUR Leadership Team

Meet the interdisciplinary team of UCI faculty behind the CLIMATE Justice Initiative.

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UCI CLIMATE Justice Initiative

The UCI CLIMATE Justice Initiative acknowledges our presence on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Acjachemen and Tongva Peoples, who still hold strong cultural, spiritual, and physical ties to this region.

Contact Us

Department of Earth System Science
Croul Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3100

(949) 824-8794