Episode 21: Sumudu Atapattu and Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development

Photo of Prof. Sumudu Atapattu. Wearing a black suit in front of a grey background.A remotely-recorded podcast interview with Prof. Sumudu Atapattu (SSRN, Law Repository), Director of Research Centers and Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Law School. (Note: there is some slight construction noise in the background and a few audio cutouts.)

Prof. Atapattu discusses her background in law and discovery of the topic of environmental law, leading her to dedicate her career to teaching environmental law. She also discusses her journey to UW-Madison from Sri Lanka and Cambridge University.

In the episode, Prof. Atapattu describes the book she edited and contributed to, “The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development,” and its first chapter, “Intersections of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development: Framing the Issues,” coauthored with Carmen G. Gonzalez and Sara L. Seck. The book was published by Cambridge University Press.

The book seeks to shed light on environmental justice through a set of frameworks and case studies, highlighting case studies from all over the world. Prof. Atapattu emphasizes that this showcases how these struggles are not confined to a particular region or a particular group of people.

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The interview was conducted on June 22, 2021. | 38:01 minutes; published July 6, 2021. Transcript file (PDF).

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