Environmental Communication

Mission:

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The ICA Environmental Communication Division 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 Division 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 had more than 180 members, and 2014 over 200 to gain Division Status. 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.

Announcements:

Democracy, Borders and Public/Political Engagement: Challenges for Environmental Communication

The 2017 Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE)
Leicester, UK
June 29 - July 2, 2017, University of Leicester


Web: http://theieca.org/coce2017
Twitter: #coce2017
Email: coce2017 at theieca dot org
Conference Chair: Anders Hansen

The conference theme will explore the challenges faced by environmental communication as political landscapes and boundaries experience major upheavals and change, seemingly driven by widespread discontent with conventional politics and its institutions. Emerging divisions, fragmentation and polarization in the political landscape, as demonstrated for example in the 2016 UK referendum debate and result with regard to European Union membership, pose urgent challenges for all aspects of environmental communication. The salience of environmental concerns in political agendas is altering as previously stable agendas realign according to shifts in the political landscape and the seemingly deepening societal (political, economic and of course, environmental) divisions these reflect. While environmental disasters clearly underpin the recent forced mass migrations among other causes, they and their wider environmental implications are becoming lost in the noise of the present politics on this issue.

Such changes bring challenges to the scope, character and visibility of environmental discussion. A resurgence of nationalism and national protectionism for example raises questions over the scope of present political imaginations and their ability to discuss environmental policy from a global perspective. Further, new forms of political discourse common to these times appear to be redefining the forms in which political issues can be discussed and debated. A growing challenge for societal dialogues on environmental issues in particular, in an era of post-factual politics, is an apparent loss of ground that expert testimony and evidence-based arguments has conceded to forms of populist rhetoric stoked by anti-establishment resentment and feelings of political disenfranchisement.

We welcome proposals for papers, panels, and posters on all aspects of environmental communication and practice. In particular, we encourage those that relate to the conference theme and/or address one or more of the following areas:

            • Environmental communication and public/political engagement

            • Environmental journalism in the new media environment

            • Environmental communication, social media and fragmentation in the public sphere

            • Democracy and de-politicization/politicization in environmental communication

            • Beyond news: new forms of environmental communication and engagement

            • Environmental activism and new media

            • In-equalities of discursive control/influence in the public sphere

            • Visual environmental communication

            • Extremist/populist appropriations of myths/ideologies of nature

            • Nationalism, protectionism, borders and the politics of environmental communication

            • Media, advocacy and local/global environmental change

            • The mediation of environmental crises and disasters

            • Global news and information flows in environmental communication

            • Media and global environmental change and controversy

            • Environmental crises, spin and news management

            • Tensions between nationalist politics and global environmental concerns

            • Media/social media and counter-factual environmental discourses

            • Science, evidence and credibility in the new (post-factual) media environment

Members:

  • Niveen AbiGhannam, Member
  • Lalatendu Acharya, Member
  • Silke Adam, Member
  • Francois Allard-Huver, Member
  • Ogbuagu Robert Anikwe, Member
  • Midori Aoyagi, Member
  • Carlos Arcila Calderon, Member
  • Dorothee Arlt, Member
  • Melissa Aronczyk, Member
  • Laura M. Arpan, Member
  • Austin S Babrow, Member
  • BF Battistoli, Member
  • Eva Baumann, Member
  • John C. Besley, Member
  • Helena Bilandzic, Member
  • Michael Joseph Bourk, Member
  • Michael Brueggemann, Member
  • Claire Burlat, Member
  • Solon Calero, Member
  • Donal Carbaugh, Member
  • Kendra Carmichael, Member
  • Saayan Chattopadhyay, Member
  • Xiaoxiao Cheng, Member
  • Hyunyi Cho, Member
  • Miyase Christensen, Member
  • Myojung Chung, Member
  • Esther A. N. Cobbah, Member
  • Geoffrey A. Craig, Member
  • Shannon Cruz, Member
  • Michael Field Dahlstrom, Member
  • Jia Dai, Member
  • Kajsa E. Dalrymple, Member
  • Estelle de Beer, Member
  • Peter DeCaro, Member
  • Dave D Deckert, Member
  • Michael X. Delli Carpini, Member
  • Richard J. Doherty, Member
  • Dong Dong, Member
  • Tanja Dreher, Member
  • Andrew Duffy, Member
  • Sharon Dunwoody, Member
  • April Eichmeier, Member
  • Victoria Nkiruka Ekwughe, Member
  • Sven Engesser, Member
  • Mikkel Fugl Eskjaer, Member
  • Nayla Fawzi, Member
  • Lauren Feldman, Member
  • Patrick Ferrucci, Member
  • Craig Matthew Frayne, Member
  • Hannah H. Frueh, Member
  • Shiv Ganesh, Member
  • Paula M Gardner, Member
  • Ivy Glennon, Member
  • Ursa Golob, Member
  • Bernhard Goodwin, Member
  • Michael S. Griffin, Member
  • Robert J. Griffin, Member
  • Lars Guenther, Member
  • Myra Claire Gurney, Member
  • John Paul Gutierrez, Member
  • Nurit Guttman, Member
  • Thomas Haeussler, Member
  • Michael L. Haley, Member
  • Jack L. Harris, Member
  • Mohummad Kamrul Hassan, Member
  • Francois Heinderyckx, Member
  • Alison Mary Henderson, Member
  • Seto Herwandito, Member
  • Shirley S. Ho, Member
  • Jialing Huang, Member
  • Fumiko Ie, Member
  • Oyvind Ihlen, Member
  • Suda Ishida, Member
  • Sony Jalarajan Raj, Member
  • Klaus Bruhn Jensen, Member
  • Catrin E. Johansson, Member
  • Amy B. Jordan, Member
  • Hyoyeun Jun, Member
  • Dorien Kartikawangi, Member
  • Merav Katz-Kimchi, Member
  • Kerk F. Kee, Member
  • William Kelvin, Member
  • Emily Kendirck, Member
  • Yungwook Kim, Member
  • Thomas Koehler, Member
  • Steffen Kolb, Member
  • Christian Kolmer, Member
  • Larissa Krainer, Member
  • Joanna Krajewski, Member
  • Silje Theresa T Kristiansen, Member
  • Linlin Ku, Member
  • Risto Kunelius, Member
  • Chih-Hui Lai, Member
  • Maria Knight Lapinski, Member
  • Jennifer Le, Member
  • Alisa Pamela Lertpratchya, Member
  • Yiwei Li, Member
  • Zhan Li, Member
  • Ming-Ching Liang, Member
  • Yuhua (Jake) Liang, Member
  • Colene J. Lind, Member
  • Jingfang Liu, Member
  • Sarah Lockwood, Member
  • Laura Loy, Member
  • Hang Lu, Member
  • Yingdan Lu, Member
  • Julia Lueck, Member
  • Yanni MA, Member
  • Jelle Mast, Member
  • Marie A. Mater, Member
  • erin mcclellan, Member
  • Katherine A. McComas, Member
  • Marijn H. C. Meijers, Member
  • Mark S. Meisner, Member
  • Debra Burns Melican, Member
  • Trudy Milburn, Member
  • Renee Moernaut, Member
  • Sudhakar Narayan Morankar, Member
  • David LaMar Morris II, Member
  • Derek Moscato, Member
  • Debashish Munshi, Member
  • Jessica Gall Myrick, Member
  • Bonita Dostal Neff, Member
  • Xiaole Ni, Member
  • Moira O'Keeffe, Member
  • Yoko Ogawa Nishiaki, Member
  • Luz Maria Ortega-Villa, Member
  • Mark Pedelty, Member
  • Jannet Pendleton, Member
  • Mildred Frances Perreault, Member
  • Hans Peter Peters, Member
  • John Durham Peters, Member
  • Lynn M. Phillips, Member
  • Amanda J. Porter, Member
  • Paschal Preston, Member
  • Linda L. Putnam, Member
  • Julie Randolph, Member
  • Ronald E. Rice, Member
  • Jessica Rich, Member
  • Laura N. Rickard, Member
  • Michelle Elizabeth Riedlinger, Member
  • Patricia Riley, Member
  • Lulu Rodriguez, Member
  • Sungjong Roh, Member
  • Kristine L Rosa, Member
  • Sonny Rosenthal, Member
  • Charlotte Ryan, Member
  • David B. Sachsman, Member
  • Johanne Saint-Charles, Member
  • Ademagba Samson Sambe, Member
  • Melanie Sarge, Member
  • Laura Sawyer, Member
  • Mike S. Schaefer, Member
  • Dietram A. Scheufele, Member
  • Hannah Schmid-Petri, Member
  • Adriane Schmidt, Member
  • Andreas Schuck, Member
  • Holli A. Semetko, Member
  • Tsung-Jen Shih, Member
  • Wonsun Shin, Member
  • Peter Simmons, Member
  • Rebecca L Smith, Member
  • Leticia M Solaun, Member
  • Baobao Song, Member
  • Brian G. Southwell, Member
  • Leah Sprain, Member
  • Godfrey A. Steele, Member
  • Gayle S. Stever, Member
  • Joseph D. Straubhaar, Member
  • Susan Elizabeth Swanberg, Member
  • Toshio Takeshita, Member
  • Edson Tandoc, Member
  • Jagadish J Thaker, Member
  • Sarah Thomas, Member
  • Boban G. Tomic, Member
  • Swapnil Sudhakar Torne, Member
  • Jiun-Yi (Jenny) Tsai, Member
  • Charu Uppal, Member
  • Anthony Van Witsen, Member
  • Matthew S. VanDyke, Member
  • Miguel Vicente-Marino, Member
  • Ma. Mylene Martinez Villegas, Member
  • Ines Clara Vogel, Member
  • Dara M Wald, Member
  • Celina Wanek, Member
  • Fan Wang, Member
  • Luping Wang, Member
  • Ellen Wartella, Member
  • Franzisca Weder, Member
  • Robert H Wells, Member
  • Hartmut Wessler, Member
  • Tim Wood, Member
  • Julia K. Woolley, Member
  • H. Denis Wu, Member
  • Fan Yang, Member
  • Guobin Yang, Member
  • Chief Fassy Adetokunboh Yusuf, Member
  • Reimar Zeh, Member
  • Weiwu Zhang, Member
  • Bruno Takahashi, Chair
  • Xinghua Li, Vice-Chair
  • Julia Metag, Secretary
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