The International Environmental Communication Association

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About The IECA

The IECA is a professional nexus of practitioners, teachers, scholars, students, artists and organizations engaged in research and action to find more ethical and effective ways to communicate about environmental concerns in order to move society towards sustainability.

Our mission is to foster effective and inspiring communication that alleviates environmental issues and conflicts, and solves the problems that cause them.

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Environmental Communication: What it is and Why it Matters

Membership Benefits

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Online Course

Register now for the January 2019 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.



Waterlines: Confluence and Hope through Environmental Communication

June 17-21, 2019, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

We are excited to have you join us for the The 15th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) on the Point Grey headland, surrounded by forest and ocean, with views of the Coast Mountains, all of which is part of the traditional unceded territory of the Musqueam people. This is a conference for artists, practitioners, students and researchers. All are welcome. The call for submissions is now available with a deadline of November 15, 2018.

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What's New at the IECA

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The Michigan State University School of Journalism in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences invites applications for its next Director. Our faculty include Pulitzer Prize and Emmy winners as well as recipients of AEJMC and ICA’s most prestigious awards. We inspire the next generation of storytellers and scholars. The new Director will continue to value and foster contributions of all our Journalism School educators.

Our next Director will be a globally recognized scholar who brings dynamic and inclusive leadership to further the School’s award-winning work in research, creative practice, and journalism training. Qualified applicants will have a record of scholarship and credentials to justify appointment at the rank of tenured professor. Moreover, candidates must have a portfolio of administrative experience, external fundraising including grants, alumni and other external relations, budget management, and faculty and staff development. We seek someone who possesses an innovative mindset and a strategic vision. We value professional journalism experience and a willingness to engage with communities; media industries; and journalists. Our outreach begins with Michigan high school students and spans to the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

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Recent developments in gene editing, starting with CRISPR/Cas9, are increasing our capacity to efficiently and effectively edit genetic material. However, as the technological capabilities for gene editing advance, so do the potential impacts on the environment. The purpose of this special issue of Environmental Communication is to bring together research that focuses on communication about gene editing, particularly as it relates to environmental, agricultural, and health-related topics. We invite original, empirical submissions that use either qualitative or quantitative methods and a wide variety of approaches and viewpoints. Regardless of method or approach, all articles should be theoretically informed, evidence-based, and written in a style that is broadly accessible and understandable to an interdisciplinary audience. The main focus of this special issue on gene editing is the environment and agriculture, but applications relating to human health will also be considered.

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As communities worldwide prepare for the impacts of climate change, the concept of resilience -- the ability to withstand, recover from, and adapt to periodic shocks and major disruptions -- is becoming central to the political and public understanding of complex events and processes, such as stronger storms, severe flooding, intense heat, and rising sea-levels. But if nations, cities, and communities are to prepare effectively for climate impacts, they must be able to rely on resilience-focused journalism that calls attention to and explains complex and uncertain threats and solutions, and holds elected officials and institutions accountable.

Yet building the media and journalistic capacity to respond to such ongoing public needs remains difficult. Budgetary pressures at national and local newspapers and public radio outlets, in many countries, have led to significant cuts in coverage of climate change and related topics. Moreover, when climate change is discussed publicly, with a few notable exceptions, the problem remains defined as an environmental problem, as a pollution mitigation issue, as a polarized political conflict, or in terms of short-term disaster recovery. Too often missing in news coverage is a sustained focus on climate change as a long-term resilience and adaptation challenge that requires actions across sectors of the economy, government, and society.

This special issue of Environmental Communication seeks to identify, explore, and analyse the multiple dimensions of resilience, climate change, and journalism.

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Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science are excited to announce a joint Postdoctoral Research Associate in Communicating Science position, with an emphasis on climate change and resilience in coastal communities. The Postdoctoral Associate will conduct research as well as design, test, and deliver training in the Virginia and mid-Atlantic regions. Located in the VASG office at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, VA, the Postdoctoral Associate will collaborate closely with the Alda Center. The position is a two-year term, renewable for up to three years, at a salary of $50,000.

Recent Job Postings

Michigan State University School of Journalism - School Director - Michigan State University School of Journalism
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Communicating Science - Virginia Sea Grant (VASG)
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Public Relations emphasis) - Department of Communication Studies, Western Oregon University
Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication - Department of Communication at the State University of New York at New Paltz