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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Environmental Communication

For a Special Issue on
New Technology and Environmental Communication: Challenges, Opportunities, and Emerging Agendas

Manuscript deadline
30 September 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Liang Chen, Tsinghua University
[email protected]

Jingyuan Shi, Hong Kong Baptist University
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New Technology and Environmental Communication: Challenges, Opportunities, and Emerging Agendas

The unprecedented development of new communication technologies in the first two decades of the 21st century has vastly transformed society as well as shaped the role of communication in private and public life. Such technological developments have also brought new questions into our research agenda that call for a necessity to better understanding how new technology and environmental communication issues intertwined with each other in the current digital age.

For instance, the new communication technologies that integrate user-generated content enable discussion, dissemination, and amplification of environmental-related risk perceptions or opinions—regardless of whether they are scientifically correct or not, which could affect multiple stakeholders. The interactive communication technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) based chatbots, serious computer games, and mobile devices, could be a channel additional to traditional mass media for conveying pro-environmental messages to shape audience members’ beliefs, perceptions, and behavior. The developments of immersive technologies, such as augmented reality and virtual reality, provide an unparalleled innovative means to deliver environmental education and campaigns to nurture support for public polices, cultivate pro-environmental beliefs, and motivate pro-sustainable behaviors.

All the above-mentioned examples suggest a need to investigate the intersections between new communication technologies and environmental issues in a nuanced fashion. These include but are not limited to debates over climate change, natural resources, sustainability, conservation, wildlife, ecosystems, water, environmental health, food and agriculture, and energy. Therefore, the purpose of this special issue of Environmental Communication is to explore the challenges, opportunities, and emerging agendas in environmental communication research that are brought by new communication technologies.

Suggested areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • ICTs and Pro-Environmental Behavior
  • Environmental Campaigns on Social Media
  • Technologies and Communicating Environmental Health Risks
  • Online Environmental Information Seeking, Processing, Sharing and Avoidance
  • Environmental Misinformation, Disinformation, and Fake News
  • Online Public Opinion Dynamics Related to Environmental Issues
  • Emerging Technologies and Intelligent Media for Sustainability Communication
  • Environmental Activism, Social Networks and the Internet
  • Environmental Communication in Human-Machine Interaction
  • Environmental Informatics for Sustainable Development
  • Big Data Modeling and Simulation for Environmental Communication
  • Digital Media and Environmental Education

Submission Instructions

We invite submissions for the following types of contributions: Longer original Research Articles (8,000 words) and shorter Research Insights (3,000 words) can draw on a variety of scholarly and practitioner perspectives and methods. Advanced Reviews (8,000 words) and shorter Commentaries (2-3,000 words) are also invited, emphasizing implications for research, professional practices, current debates, and/or societal trends and decisions. All word limits include references and abstracts. As an international journal, submissions to Environmental Communication from across North America, Europe, and non-Western contexts are strongly encouraged.

All submitted manuscripts will undergo expedited peer review. Manuscripts must follow the APA Style (7th edition). To successfully pass peer review, all original research articles must present findings that are both theoretically informed and empirically sound. We encourage potential contributors to consider using approaches such as case study, meta-analysis of evaluative data, historical or ethnographic approaches, experiments, surveys, focus groups, content analysis, and other methodologies. We welcome quantitative, qualitative, and critical scholarship. Regardless of method or approach, all articles should seek to bridge theory and practice and should be written in a style that is broadly accessible and understandable to an interdisciplinary audience.

Please select "Communicating Transformation in Food and Agricultural Ecologies” when submitting your paper.

Deadlines for submissions: Papers may be submitted until September 30, 2022.

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