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The ICA Environmental Communication Interest Group aims to advance research on the interplay of the environment with any level of communication and in any setting. Research on health, risk, and science communication issues related to the environment are especially germane. The group welcomes work from any perspective (including critical, cultural, ethnic/minority, feminist) employing any research method motivated by sound research questions about environmental communication.

The group seeks to foster a relationship with other scholarly environmental communication associations to forge global ties among academics and practitioners of environmental communication to increase research, education, funding, and publication opportunities.

The Environmental Communication Interest Group is also a vehicle for advancing the Greening of ICA in the areas of scholarship and education. It will help communication scholars improve the environmental performance of their universities, the media industries, and environmental organizations. The group will support members to integrate sustainability issues into their teaching and promote research in this area.

The interest group began with it's initial meeting at ICA 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts with nearly 40 attendees. In 2012 we established bylaws and a full set of officers. By 2013 we have more than 180 members. We maintain a a group web site (see link above) and discussion forums for group members in the MyICA/Organization Tools area of the ICA web site.


The IECA (International Environmental Communication Association) will hold a special panel entitled "Unrest as a strategic environmental communication strategy" on Monday, May 26 at the Kirkland room of the Sheraton (10:30-11:45AM). See below for details.

Unrest as a strategic environmental communication strategy

In 1999, Seattle was the flash-point of civil disobedience and protest against globalization when a number of pro-social organizations demonstrated against the meeting of the World Trade Organization. The conventional construction of these events focused on acts of violence, but the precise nature of what transpired, and who inflicted violence on whom, remains highly contested. Several of the groups involved were environmental advocacy organizations. The Northwest region has also been the site of many acts of active resistance against forestry companies, most notably in the instance of high-profile tree-sitting efforts. From the beginning, the modern environmental movement has been associated with civil disobedience and extreme protest. That is why environmentalist and author Paul Hawken chose “Blessed Unrest” as the title for his comprehensive history of the movement.
Although many of the more notable have faded from the headlines, environmental advocates remain detained in Russia and passionate protesters are threatening Argentine-Uruguay relations.
As a strategic communication strategy, has this approach been good or bad for the cause? This panel will examine past and present instances of environmental groups pushing and exceeding the legal limits of protest, and debate the implications of these efforts on the ultimate goals.
Session Organizer & Moderator: Lee Ahern, laa182@psu.edu, Penn State, IECA Chair
Patrick D. Murphy—Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, School of Media & Communication, Temple University
Charles T. Salmon—Acting Chair of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Ahmed Gaya—Seattle-area activist who has been involved in the climate justice movement for nearly a decade. He has organized direct action campaigns with non-profits and grassroots groups alike, including Greenpeace, ForestEthics, Rainforest Action Network and Cascadia Forest Defenders. Ahmed currently works with the Rising Tide network, an all-volunteer global movement using direct action to challenge the root causes of climate change and promote climate justice.
Cary Greenwood—Assistant Professor/Public Relations Sequence Head, School of Journalism, Middle Tennessee State University

VI International Scientific Conference “E-Governance”,
2-4 June 2014 Sozopol, Bulgaria
We cordially invite you to submit an Application Form by 10 March 2014 and present a paper to the VIth International Scientific Conference (ISC) on the theme “E-Governance”.
The forum is organized by Technical University of Sofia – R&  DS, Faculty of Management, Research and Education Centre for e-Governance and will take place in the town of Sozopol, Bulgaria, on 2nd-4th June 2014.
The conference will be held within the framework of annual Science Days of Technical University of Sofia. We are pleased to inform you that the plenary session of the VIth ISC “E-Governance” will be held jointly with the opening ceremony of the Science Days -
2014 on 2nd June, 2014 at the Technical University of Sofia premises in the town of Sozopol. Following the tradition the ceremony will be broadcasted on-line and there will be videoconference connection with Technical University Rectorat at Sofia and other participants from abroad.

The aim of the conference is to explore the challenges of the e-Democratization process and the changes observed in the administrative management processes as a result of the implementation of latest e-technologies. The focus of VI ISC “E-Governance” is on impact of e-Governance on modern society, as theoretical aspects and practical solutions aiding the “E-Governance” education also.

Themes will include, but will not be limited to:
• E-Democratization and Management Processes
• E-Governance State of Arts and Trends
• E-Governance Education
• Public and Business E-Governance All sessions will be supported with video conference connection. Participants will be able to take part on site or distance (remote) via Web based videoconferencing.

Suggestions for workshop topics are welcome. Please e-mail your suggestions by 25 January 2014 to e-mail: iscmi@tu-sofia.bg.
To increase the involvement of young researchers their presentations will take place on work shop also. The winners of student’s course works/projects and PhD competitions can present their results. Show forum for ”good practices” demonstration in public and business administration will take place.
The VI ISC “E-Governance” stimulates collaboration, discussions, sharing ideas and exchange of experience among academics, researchers and practitioners of all countries.
Innovative presentations, practical experience and case studies on topics such as open government, collaboration modelling, videoconference interaction, virtual administration, cloud services, smart technologies, paperless management, and others are encouraged.
All accepted and registered papers will be included in the VI ISC “E-Governance”.
Proceedings with ISSN number. The selected papers will be submitted for inclusion in the SSRN e-library with citation index.
10 March 2014 – Application forms submission;
20 March 2014 – Acceptance notification to authors;
30 April 2014 – Full paper submission;
10 May 2014 – Publishing the Conference program with accepted papers;
18 May 2014 –Submission of the registration forms;
Additional information: http://fman.tu-sofia.bg


  • Richard J. Doherty, Chair
  • Merav Katz-Kimchi, Vice-Chair
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