Environmental Communication


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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.


The International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) has announced their next 10-week session of Environmental Communication: Research Into Practice which will run from September 14 to November 20, 2015.

This course will explore how the most relevant research and theory from fields such as communication, psychology, sociology, and political science can be used to improve the practice of science, sustainability and environmental communication. Participants will get an overview of the field as we will examine how language, images, and media come together in advocacy and social marketing campaigns, and other forms of public participation for environmental protection. We will consider how communication is used to accomplish practical goals, as well as how it affects people's perceptions of nature and environmental affairs. To do this we will use readings, examples, cases, recorded lectures, discussions, and the insights of leaders in the field. Participants will have the opportunity to work on communication projects that are relevant to their specific interests.

Space is limited. Enroll now at https://theieca.org/training/environmental-communication-research-practice

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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It's a new initiative designed to encourage academics in all disciplines and countries to engage with their students and communities on climate change. It will run from October 19-25 this year in the lead-up to the UN Conference of the Parties meeting in Paris in December.


Call for Book Chapter Proposals:

Imagining ?Environmental Collapse?

Editors: Alison Vogelaar and Brack Hale, Franklin University Switzerland

We are daily reminded of the reality and potentiality of that ?wicked problem? (Rittel and Webber, 1973) called ?environmental collapse.? Indeed, everywhere you look, there is so-called ?environmental collapse??climates are changing, species are being driven to extinction, food systems are failing, ecosystems are deteriorating. But, what exactly is ?environmental collapse? and how do we know it has happened, is happening or will happen? And, more importantly, what are the functions and implications of thinking about environmental change and degradation in terms of collapse? Following biologist Jared Diamond?s popular and controversial, "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Succeed or Fail," ?environmental collapse? has become an important way of framing and imagining environmental change and destruction. This trend has recently been explored and critiqued in the fields of archeology (Lawler, 2010; Middleton, 2012) and the natural sciences (e.g. Constanza et al., 2012; Moyer, 2010). This volume is an extension of that conversation that coalesces, explores and critically evaluates the distinctive discursive contours, functions and implications of ?environmental collapse' as it has manifest in diverse discursive communities.

We are seeking contributions for an edited volume exploring the discursive contours of ?environmental collapse? that both (1) identify and describe the unique features of one modality/form/genre of ?environmental collapse? and (2) critically evaluate its assumptions, functions, and implications. We are particularly interested in contributions that explore ?environmental collapse? in:

  • literary fiction
  • journalism
  • cinema and blockbuster film
  • documentary film/television
  • pop science
  • scientific writing and modeling
  • science fiction
  • and gaming

Please send 500 word abstracts by 5 November to Alison Vogelaar at avogelaar@fus.edu.

Important deadlines:

Submission of abstract: November 5, 2015 Notification of decisions: December 1, 2015 First draft chapters: May 1, 2016 Redraft chapters: August 15, 2016


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