Case study: GNHRE

The GNHRE is a global network that includes opinion-formers, researchers, policymakers and others involved in assessing where human rights and the environment clash. GNHRE also set up the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, which is edited by UWE Bristol’s Dr Evadne Grant.

Our work with the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE) aligns with UWE Bristol's ethos as a university for the real world. Dr Evadne Grant helped author a report called A human rights assessment of hydraulic fracturing in the UK for the Bianca Jagger Foundation in 2014. Presented to the British government and cited in Parliament, it called for a moratorium on fracking in the UK until a human rights assessment of the implications of drilling for shale gas had been carried out.

Dr Evadne Grant was also involved in another important study of how people's relationship with the environment is changing in the modern world. In 2015, she and Dr Onita Das, UWE Bristol Senior Lecturer in Law, presented an article that advocated a human rights-led, sustainable approach to investing in agricultural land in poorer countries. It argued that richer nations and multinational companies need to rethink their policies – dubbed ‘land grabbing’ – that displace vulnerable populations.

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