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Grounding our Hope in the Hard Work Ahead

On Sunday, the International Environmental Communication Association wrapped up its 2015 Conference on Communication and Environment in Boulder.

Bridging Divides: Spaces of Scholarship and Practice in Environmental Communication brought together researchers, practitioners, artists and students from around the world, and on the first full day of the conference, treated them to an inspiring and inspired keynote address by Dr. Susanne Moser.

In this 50-minute talk, entitled "Hope: A Bridge Without Railing," Dr. Moser explores what hope means, how we can stay hopeful, and how we can make hope work for us in the face of global climate disruption and other social and environmental challenges. If you ever wondered whether there is hope and what it looks like, you need to watch this talk. It begins with conference program Co-Chair Max Boykoff introducing Susanne Moser.


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!).

England, Here We Come

leicester_town_hall.jpgThe Board of Directors of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) is excited to announce that the 2017 Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) will be held in Leicester, England. Anders Hansen will host the conference along with his colleagues in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester:


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