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Democracy, Borders and Public/Political Engagement: Challenges for Environmental Communication

The 2017 Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE)

June 29 - July 2, 2017, University of Leicester

Please join us in England for the 14th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment. This event features the latest research and reflection–from both scholars and practitioners–on how we communicate around environmental issues and nature.

Our lineup of keynote speakers includes Natalie Bennett of the Green Party of England and Wales, Adam Corner of Climate Outreach, Roger Harrabin of the BBC, Sönke Lorenzen of Greenpeace International (and the IECA), Graham Murdock of Loughborough University, and Amanda Niode, the Indonesian President’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. In addition, we have an amazing programme of presentations, panels, workshops, posters and artwork.

We hope to see you in Leicester.

Register now for the September 2017 session of

Environmental Communication:
Research Into Practice

This course will help you to understand what's distinct about environmental communication and why it's not necessarily the same as other types of public interest or political communication. We'll consider the unique and difficult challenges of communicating well around environmental affairs and sustainability. We’ll explore why much environmental communication today is not as effective as it could be, and is all too often counter-productive. And we’ll give you the information and critical perspective you need to make better communication choices.

Professor in Environmental Communication

Professor in Environmental Communication

The Department of Urban and Rural Development at SLU offers a strong social science research environment with its foundations in the research subjects environmental communication, rural development, landscape architecture and agrarian history. We are now seeking to recruit a professor and research leader to the Division of Environmental Communication. Environmental Communication is a subject within which we investigate the communicative aspects of environmental and sustainability issues. Here, communication is considered as co-construction of meaning rather than the transmitting of information. The Division for Environmental Communication conducts primarily qualitative social science research concerned with themes such as legitimacy, participation, power, resistance, conflict and learning in decision making, implementation and change processes from a communicative perspective. The research spans over a wide range of contexts such as nature conservation, forestry, food production, climate change, game management, mining and built environment. An important goal is that the research contributes to sustainable development and social change.

Subject area:

The subject area of the position covers communication in environmental and sustainability issues, with a focus on communication as co-construction of meaning, based on social science methodology.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication

George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication seeks to hire a postdoctoral fellow to support its NSF-funded Climate Matters program.  Climate Matters is a highly successful climate change reporting resource program that currently serves 420 TV weathercasters in 120+ American media markets, and is responsible for a six-fold increase in on-air climate reporting by weathercasters over the last three years.  Over the next three years, Climate Matters will continue to support TV weathercasters, but will also extend further into the newsroom (TV, radio, print and digital newsrooms) by encouraging and enabling other local journalists to report local climate change stories.

Call for Practice: Screenworks special issue — Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene

Call for Practice – Screenworks special issue:

Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene


This special issue of Screenworks, the online publication of practice-research in film and screen media, invites all practice researchers with an interest in Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene to submit works that explore the multiple interpretations and intersections of these themes.

Contemporary technologies are crucial in enabling human life and culture to function as well as realising the production and distribution processes of capital. They provide us with useful tools for visualising processes such as climate change and tracking the earth’s own movements or seismic activity but also depend on material realities, consisting of complex meshes of human and non-human moving parts with their own environmental implications. Today’s digital machines are heavily dependent on the extraction of raw materials, the use of fossil fuels and the production of material waste at sites such as Guiyu, China which has been called ‘the electronic graveyard of the world’.

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