The social justice issues of smoke im/mobilities

Duffy, Michelle, Yell, Sue, Walker, Larissa, Morgan, Damian, and Carroll, Matthew (2023) The social justice issues of smoke im/mobilities. Australian Geographer. (In Press)

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In 2014, the Hazelwood mine fire burned for 45 days. Local communities were impacted by smoke and ash, and there were reports of raised carbon monoxide levels. Local news and social media reported residents experiencing numerous physical symptoms of smoke inhalation, including bleeding noses, coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. Paper masks to filter particulate matter were made available to residents to wear outside. The dust and ash constantly seeped into homes and offices, which required cleaning daily and sometimes multiple times during the day. Smoke was free to move across physical and bodily boundaries while those most vulnerable were hampered by lack of movement: pregnant women, the elderly and children were advised to leave the area. However, this suggestion to ‘simply’ move ignored the context of a community disproportionately impacted through years of economic decline and societal change. This paper explores the unequal mobilities of smoke and people that arose as a result of this event and draws on concepts of mobility justice (Sheller 2018) and emergency mobilities (Adey 2016) to reflect on the political dimensions of uneven mobility in times of crisis

Item ID: 80620
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1465-3311
Keywords: Smoke; Hazelwood; unequal mobilities; disaster
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2023 23:25
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420399 Health services and systems not elsewhere classified @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440605 Health geography @ 50%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1801 Air quality, atmosphere and weather > 180101 Air quality @ 50%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130299 Communication not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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