Chairholder 2022 – 2024: Dr Fatima Denton

Dr Fatima Denton appointed to Prince Claus Chair

As of 1 September 2022, Dr. Fatima Denton will formally start the Prince Claus Chair in Equity and Development at Utrecht University on ‘Just Transitions’.

As the world seeks to address climate change and transition to new ways of life, there is an increasing demand for what is called a ‘just transition’; the need to ensure justice and equity in the sustainability transition. The transition to a more sustainable way of life presents us with both risks and opportunities to address existing social injustices. The Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe) and its strategic theme Pathways to Sustainability (PtS) will be hosting the Prince Claus Chair.

The primary focus of Dr. Denton’s research is to understand disparities in power dynamics within the context of climate change and sustainable development, with the primary objective of establishing forums that facilitate discourse on the concept of justice. Her objective is to democratise the dialogue and amplify the voices of those on the frontlines of climate-related consequences – those who are frequently marginalised and ignored without agency or representation. She intends to examine the relationship between their transitional experiences and the larger societal and economic transition. In addition, Dr. Denton strives to foster dialogues that transcend boundaries, with a focus on our collective humanity and the common evolution we must pursue towards a post-carbon economy.

Dr Denton is the director of the United Nations University’s Institute of Natural Resources in Africa, based in Accra, Ghana.

Profile page of Dr Denton on United Nations University.

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About Dr Denton’s research

As holder of the Prince Claus Chair, Fatima Denton’s goal is to democratize the debate around Just Transitions, ensuring voice and participation of those communities most affected by transition processes, in Africa in particular.

Dr. Denton informally kicked off her appointment with a keynote speech during the LERU Summer School on July 6th, with the theme ‘The University of the Future: Rethinking the role of universities worldwide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century’.