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 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.
New book of interest for Science and Environmental Communication Scholars
Professors Jennifer Peeples and Stephen Depoe are pleased to announce the publication of the edited book Voice and Environmental Communication, part of the Palgrave Series in Media and Environmental Communication.
Voice and Environmental Communication explores how people give voice to, and listen to the voices of, the environment. The collection includes nine original essays organized into three sections: Voice and Environmental Advocacy, Voice and Consumption, and Listening to Non-human Voices. Four notable scholars reflect on these chapters, and provide both an audience to the scholars as well as a forum for extending their own understanding of voice and the environment. This foundational book introduces the relationship between these two fundamental aspects of human existence and extends our knowledge of the role of voice in the study of environmental communication.
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