Communication for the Commons: Revisiting Participation and Environment

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coce_2013_proceedings_cover.jpgHi everyone,

In case you didn't notice in the run-up to the 2015 Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) this past June, The IECA has released a new publication.

Communication for the Commons: Revisiting Participation and Environment is an anthology of selected papers from the 2013 Conference on Communication and Environment that was held in Uppsala, Sweden.

I want to thank my fellow editors Nadarajah Sriskandarajah of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences who hosted the conference, and Steve Depoe of the University of Cincinnati for their work pulling the papers together and editing them. I also want to thank Rebecca Wasil of the University of Cincinnati, our Editorial Assistant. It was a bit of a long time coming, but we got it done before the next conference which is quite in keeping with COCE tradition ;-)

The book is a 35MB PDF download and it is free for all. Enjoy and spread the word.

Here is the table of contents:


  • Post Rio Communication Styles for Deliberation - between individualization and collective action by Pernille Almlund, Jesper Holm
  • A Voice in the Wilderness: Cultural Barriers to Land Use Planning as Deliberative Democracy by Matthew Hoffman
  • Participation, learning and sustainable fisheries: the case of co-management at lake Vättern, Sweden by Cecilia Lundholm, Christian Stöhr, Beatrice Crona
  • Joint Forest Management in India: A Case Study of East Sikkim, India by Paulami Banerjee
  • Water Policy by Public Design on the Texas Coast by Chara J. Ragland
  • Process Literacy Across Shifting Rhetorical Frameworks in Internal Coalition Maintenance by Deborah Cox Callister
  • The Value of Environment in the Controversy Over Antibacterial Silver: A Swedish Case Study by Max Boholm, Rickard Arvidsson
  • Biosphere Reserves, a Matter of Communication Processes, Developing Models for Sustainability: Environmental Communication Processes with Different
  • Expressions that Either Formulate Opportunities or Form Possibilities by Kristina Börebäck
  • Developing an Ecotourism Foundation in Indonesian National Parks by Adriana Salas
  • A Comparative Study Evaluating Conservation Education in Indonesian Provinces: Hinduism in Bali versus Islam in East Kalimantan by Bianca Ramirez
  • Supporting Water Governance and Climate Change Adaptation Through Systemic Praxis by Chris Blackmore, Ray Ison, Kevin Collins
  • The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation: Can It Move Beyond Just Hunting? by Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker, Israel D. Parker
  • ImagineNATIVE 2012: Film Festival Eco-imaginations and Practices by Salma Monani, Miranda Brady
  • A Contradictory Approach to the Right of Public Access: Exploring Relational Factors in the Case of Agritourism by Elvira Caselunghe, Hanna Ljunggren Bergeå
  • Struggles for Water in Colombia: Communication and the Participation of Citizens by Valeria Llano-Arias
  • Flows, Locomotion, and the Wild West: Mobile Participation through North Dakota’s Oil Boom by Brian Cozen
  • Hydrofracking in the News: How Media Coverage of Hydraulic Fracturing Shapes Public Discourse About Emerging Energy Technologies in the U.S. by Katelind M. Batill, Andrea Feldpausch-Parker
  • Re-imaging the Commons as “the Green Economy” by Joanna Boehnert
  • Can Stakeholders Hold the Commons? English as the Global Language of Capitalism and that of Sustainability: Contradictions and Potentials by M. Cristina Caimotto
  • Revisiting Participation: Who Matters by Chara J. Ragland, Adrienne Strubb
  • Participation in Environmental Communication: Culture, Nature, and Literature by Maris Sõrmus
  • Your Place, My Place, or Some Place More Exciting: Pro-Creative Possibilities for Environmental Communication Scholarship by James G. Cantrill
  • Mountains and Handrails: Risk, Meaning, and Responsibility in Three National Parks by Laura N. Rickard
  • Apocalyptic Framing and Conservative Action: Discourses of Climate Change Communicated in Swedish Mass Media, 2006-2009 by Jonas Anshelm, Martin Hultman
  • Climate News Across Media Platforms: A Comparative Analysis of Climate Change Communication on Different News Platforms by Mikkel Fugl Eskjær
  • Overcoming the Issue Attention Cycle: Four Possible Ingredients of a Successful Climate Movement by Neil Stenhouse, Susanna Priest
  • Experiential Programs for Educators: A Case Study on Coastal Policy Communication in Cebu, Philippines by David W. Knight, Arren M. Allegretti
  • Learning in the Beat: What Influences Environmental Journalists’ Perception of Knowledge? by Bruno Takahashi, Edson Tandoc, Jr.
  • Putting the U in Carbon Capture and Storage: Performances of Rupture within the CCS Scientific Community by Danielle Endres, Brian Cozen, Megan O’Byrne, Andrea Feldpausch-Parker
  • Articulating Resistance to Nuclear Power: Local Tactics and Strategic Connections in a Nuclear Construction Financing Controversy by William J. Kinsella, Ashley R. Kelly. Meagan Kittle Autry
  • Proof Of Power: An Exploration Of Clashing Evidence-Based Claims In The A.N.W.R. Oil Drilling Debate by Jessica R. Moyer
  • Meta-learning in the U.K. Environmental Movement: Culture Change Theories and Their Pedagogical Implications by Callum McGregor
  • Social Media and Environmental Activism in China: Enacting Social Change on Wild Public Screens by Kevin Michael DeLuca, Elizabeth Brunner
  • Negotiating the End of the World in Climate Change Rhetoric: Climate Skepticism, Science, and Arguments by Emma Frances Bloomfield, Randall A. Lake
  • Masculinity and Making Do: Outdoor Recreation’s Risky Rhetoric by Samantha Senda-Cook
  • “The Closer the Better”: Possibilities and Limitations with Frontline Management. Lessons from the Majella National Park, Italy by Serena Cinque, Annelie Sjölander-Lindqvist
  • Promoting Sustainable Transportation across Campus Communities using the Transtheoretical Model of Change by Norbert Mundorf, Colleen A. Redding, Tat Fu, Andrea Paiva, Leslie Brick, James O. Prochaska
  • The Visual Rhetoric of Climate Change Documentaries: Aerial Shots and Interviews by Helen Hughes
    The Ghost of Dr. Mesmer or the Illusionary World of Fantastic Claims by Dominique M. Richard
  • Distrust as a Tool in an Environmental Conflict by Marie-Ève Maillé, Johanne Saint-Charles
  • “Blue is the New Green”: Neoliberal Logic and the Co-optation of Environmental Justice Discourses in the Pennsylvania Fracking Debate by Katherine Cruger, Michael Finewood
  • Citizen-Sourcing and Reframing Environmental Discourse: An Analysis of Frances Moore Lappé’s EcoMind by Emilie O. Falc
  • Eco-Jokes and Their Relation to the UnCO2nscious: Larry David’s “Curb Global Warming” Campaign and Other Environmental Comedies by Xinghua Li
  • Policy Issues Dominate U.S. Environmental News: A Content Analysis of Seven U.S. Newspapers’ Coverage of Environmental Issues from 1970-2010 by Susan Grantham, Edward T. Vieira, Jr.
  • Assessing the Cognitive Autonomy of Audiences Towards Environmental Media Messages by Pierre Fastrez, Coralie Meurice, Thierry De Smedt, Julie Matagne


  • Press Coverage and Framing of Climate Change Issues in Nigeria: A Boost or Constraint for Participation Opportunities? by Herbert E. Batta, Ashong C. Ashong, Abdullahi S. Bashir
  • Participatory Art Exhibitions: Public Pedagogy and Global Climate Change by Andrew Bieler
  • The Green Economy: Discourse and Problem Map by Joanna Boehnert
  • Nature Incorporated: the Commons in a Spreadsheet by Mark Brown
  • Paradise and poverty: How Cultural Identity Supports Environmental Journalism in Jamaica and Nepal by Elizabeth Burch
  • Communicating New Perspectives of the Commons Through Art by Darlene Farris-LaBar
  • Blowin’ in the Wind: How Collaborative Governance Communication Can Reduce Wind Power Siting Disputes in the United States by Susan Grantham
  • Credibility at Stake? “Clean, green” New Zealand in the News by Florian M. Kaefer
  • The Carrot or the Stick Approach? Effective Delivery of Behavioural Changes Towards Energy Conservation and the Use of Renewable Energy in Local Communities by Josephine I. Mmojieje
  • Hunting Elk on YouTube: An Ecocritical Perspective on the Nature-Human Relationship in User-Generated Media by Cecilia Mörner, Ulrika Olausson
  • Media’s Role in Informing Public Opinion on Environmental Health Risk: Motivating Health Informed Policy? by Linda J. Pfeiffer, Eun Jeong Koh
  • Crossing Borders: Immigration and Agriculture in the Press by Jean P. Retzinger
  • Communicating Adaptation to Climate Change in Thailand: Communication Concepts for Practical Adaptation by Sukanya Sereeonchai
  • Mediated participation: The Case of Belo Monte Supporters and the Movimento Gota D’Água Dialogue on the Internet by Vivian Paes Barretto Smith
  • An Urban Environmental Handbook by Stinne Storm Folving
  • Environmental Observatories and Citizens Participation: Virtual Public Arenas? by María Ángela Torres Kremers
  • Politics, Logistics and Natural Resources: Cornerstones of the Sustainability Concept in Local Level Communication by Anne-Marie Tuomala, Heimo Tuomala