In 2004, SUNY Press published Communication and public participation in environmental decision making, a volume co-edited by myself, John Delicath, and Marie-France Elsenbeer. This book contained chapters derived from the 2001 Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) that had a public participation theme. In my opinion, this volume has made a significant contribution to the field, including a much-cited chapter by Sue Senecah on the "trinity of voice" concept.
Research in this area has flourished since then, including the recent book Citizen voices: Performing public participation in science and environment communication (Intellect, 2012), co-edited by our wonderful European colleagues Louise Phillips, Anabela Carvalho, and Julie Doyle and published as part of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) book series. I highly recommend this volume.
After returning from this month's COCE conference in Boulder CO, at which I heard a number of insightful papers addressed current trends and practices, I decided to launch a new project--a new edited volume that features work exploring theoretical, applied, and critical dimensions of community engagement in environmental decision making at local, regional, national, and global levels. I have asked Gregg Walker (Oregon State University) and Kathleen Hunt (Iowa State University) to co-edit this project with me (thanks Gregg and Katie!).