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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research

For a Special Issue on
People and Nature

Abstract deadline
03 May 2021

Manuscript deadline
31 October 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Ulrike Sturm, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions-und Biodiversitätsforschung, Germany
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Martin Tscholl, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions-und Biodiversitätsforschung, Germany
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Maike Weißpflug, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions-und Biodiversitätsforschung, Germany
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People and Nature

The climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity are among the greatest challenges of our time. To address these problems, we must - together as a society, but also each and every one of us - answer the question "How do we want to live with nature?”. Therefore, understanding individual and collective perspectives on nature are fundamental, as they decisively shape perception, evaluation and action towards nature. Within this perspective, developing new techniques for environmental communication and education are essential to foster social change towards a constructive relationship between man and nature.

This special issue aims to take a broad inter- and transdisciplinary view of the socio-cultural and ecological aspects of the relationship between people and their natural environment focusing on topics, such as:
- inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations within social-ecological research projects and knowledge transfer
- individual perspectives on nature in regard to nature conservation as part of everyday life
- human-nature relationships of different audiences and/or in relation to different environments, e.g. rural and urban nature
- human-nature conceptualizations on different levels of public discourse: legal, political, social and cultural frameworks
- social innovation in biodiversity research, e.g. citizen science
- digital innovation in environmental communication and knowledge transfer

We invite both empirical and conceptual contributions to respond to these and other related questions. The special issue will respond not only to scientific calls for more reflective actions to socio-ecological challenges in the context of destructive human-environment relationships in a current and perspective manner but also to a timely societal debate and policy discourse.

The call explicitly reaches out for the submission of innovative approaches to research questions that address the major challenges of our time, such as climate change and the ongoing loss of biodiversity against the background of the Anthropocene. This includes new and/or experimental approaches, questions, methodologies, collaborations of contributors in the areas:
- Environmental Humanities and Ecocriticism
- Philosophy
- Social Science
- Citizen Science
- City Planning and Architecture
- Biology
- Education
- Policy Making
- Medical Professions
- Media Sciences
- Urban Studies.

Submission Instructions

Send your abstract until May 3, 2021 to [email protected]. The abstract should have max. 350 words (references excluded) and summarize an argument addressing the above questions and concepts. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper in June 2021. The full paper is due by October 31, 2021.

The Special issue is expected to be published in Autumn 2022.

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