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Environmental Sociology

For a Special Issue on

Global Research on Climate Change

Abstract deadline
01 October 2024

Manuscript deadline
31 December 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr. Feng Hao, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida

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Global Research on Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most challenging global problems today, and the unprecedented impacts are severe in every region of the planet. With potential continued average global temperature increases, the impacts are expected to become more visible, pressing, and drastic. Climate change has also substantially influenced various social-economic outcomes. Warming of 4 °C above pre-industrial levels is estimated to cause economic damage ranging from a 1% to 5% annual global GDP loss by 2100. To respond to the worldwide issue, cross-national research is indispensable. Sociologists have made significant strides in understanding the threat to human societies posed by climate change. The scholarship contributes to the investigation of how social arrangements and patterns lead to the crisis and how they are shaped by its consequences.

In this special issue, we aim to bring together scholars studying the human dimensions of climate change from a global perspective to articulate the cross-national dimension of the climate crisis. The contributions will push the intellectual agenda in environmental sociology research by synthesizing theoretical arguments and advancing methodological innovations. Through complementing and expanding existing literature, the special issue can help address emerging challenges and guide pathways to policy influence. The topics might include but not limited to anthropogenic factors that drive GHG emissions, sustainable development, energy transition and the deployment of renewable energy, public perception of climate change, and climate governance and policy. The empirical analyses should be based on solid theoretical arguments, carry significant contributions to the literature, and help advance the discipline. The issue encourages examinations using novel methodological approaches. Instead of a cross-sectional design, longitudinal analysis using panel data, multilevel examination, and spatial modeling are preferred. Regular research articles are the primary components of the issue, but we also welcome perspectives that deliberate on a sociological concept or policy instrument.

Submission Instructions

We welcome an initial abstract submission by October 1st, 2024, to be emailed to Dr. Hao. Accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a final paper by December 31st, 2024, with the aim of publishing the special issue in October 2025. Submissions should be made via the journal’s online portal. Contributions to the special issue will be peer-reviewed by Environmental Sociology, and the submission guidelines can be found on the journal’s homepage.

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