Climate Action and Social Justice in the Built Environment

Institute for Human Rights and Business - Copenhagen, Denmark

apply before May 16, 2023

Tasks: Consulting, Research

Topics: Empower & Participate, Policies and Cooperation, Urban Transformation

Type: Part-time

Experience required: Intermediate

Language: Local language(s) needed

Founded in 2009, IHRB is the leading international think tank on business and human rights. IHRB’s mission is to shape policy, advance practice and strengthen accountability in order to make respect for human rights part of everyday business.

IHRB’s focus areas are diverse and reflect the most salient and emerging human rights issues facing business, including: the ubiquitous contribution of migrant workers across global supply chains; ensuring “just transitions” for workers and communities in the adaptation to low-carbon economies; improving efforts to address inequality, mass migration, and climate change through better decision making across the built environment lifecycle; and developing an overarching human rights framework for shipping companies, their investors, and business customers to raise standards and encourage best practice throughout the ship lifecycle; amongst others.

The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) seeks a part-time Researcher over a three-month period from June to August 2023 to conduct the following activities in Copenhagen, Denmark. This post will work closely with IHRB’s Global Programme Manager, Built Environment who will have oversight of the research process, and the Europe Programme Manager, Built Environment who will have oversight of the visioning session, as well as with other project partners. We envisage that 30-45 days will be required for this work.

This research in Copenhagen is part of a project comprising similar research cycles in four pairs of cities globally over two years, and will be conducted in parallel with research in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The global project “Building for Today and for the Future” is developing a collaborative agenda for a just transition of the built environment. It will identify pathways to reduce the climate footprint and strengthen resilience of buildings and infrastructure, while also reducing social inequity and respecting human rights.

The project will also work to address and overcome the specific obstacles that stand in the way of those pathways.

The three interconnected outcomes and activities are:

  • Strengthening the evidence base: Deep-dive action research in eight cities globally, linking up to their relevant national and regional contexts;
  • Shifting mindsets: Visioning sessions that invite diverse local stakeholders to imagine what a just and sustainable built environment looks like;
  • Changing policy and practice: Strategic communications and policy advocacy to influence government and industry practices.

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