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

Registration is open for the January 2020 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.



COCE is going Down Under!

June 2021, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

We are excited to announce that the The 16th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) will be hosted by the University of Tasmania in Hobart Australia. This is a conference for artists, practitioners, students and researchers. All will be welcome. We will be posting more details in the coming year.

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What's New at the IECA

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Job Description

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Rhetorical Studies, Associate/ Full Professor, UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs [R0119063]


The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, seeks candidates for a senior hire at the level of Associate or Full Professor in Rhetorical Studies, with a primary focus on public advocacy, to begin August 2020. We seek a scholar whose research enhances existing department strengths in political, environmental, and risk communication. Our future colleague will join a growing and self-sustaining program in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, which offers vibrant interdisciplinary networks and rich opportunities to effect positive change in a major urban community. Collaborative opportunities are available in allied disciplines such as digital media, public policy, crime and technology, public health, and workforce development, especially as they relate to transdisciplinary work broadly engaged with issues of community trauma, sustainability, and resilience.


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Join us on July 22–24, 2020 for the 11th annual International Conference on Social Media and Society (#SMSociety). The conference is an interdisciplinary gathering of leading social media researchers, practitioners, and analysts from around the world. The 2020 conference is hosted by the College of Communication, Studio Chi and the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University in Chicago, USA.

Until a decade and a half ago, large media companies and governments lorded over an oligopoly controlling the means for communicating with the masses. That oligopoly was (temporarily?) broken by the introduction of social media with its revolutionary promise to democratize civil discourse and civil society. It has offered diverse groups the opportunity to connect to one another and form communities of practice that ultimately can serve to strengthen their voice. However, in recent years, we have also discovered that connecting the world via social media leads to new challenges. When so many diverse voices are brought together on a massive scale, conflict is common. Interpretation of this conflict is itself diverse: do we see a rise of incivility or freedom from moral policing? Extremism or idealism? Distrust or critique? The very same digital tools that amplify voices of the marginalized can also be used to silence diverse voices online through online harassment, doxing, trolling, and other measures. 

In this context, the International Conference on Social Media & Society invites scholarly and original submissions that explore key questions and central issues related (but not limited) to the 2020 theme of “Diverse Voices: Promises and Perils of Social Media For Diversity.” We welcome research from a wide range of methodological perspectives employing established quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods as well as innovative approaches that cross disciplinary boundaries and expand our understanding of the current and future trends in social media research.

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A two-year post-doctoral position specialising in Environmental Communication and Media is available in the School of Media, Film & Journalism at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Details available here:

The research team attached to the project includes Brett Hutchins (Monash), Libby Lester (University of Tasmania) and Toby Miller (

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The IECA is announcing a call for applications to form an “educator fellows” team for 2020 and 2021. The team will be comprised of up to five IECA members who teach or support environmental communication courses or programs. Team members receive complementary IECA memberships for 2020 and 2021.

ELIGIBILITY: Team members must be current IECA members. Applicants can come from K-12 or college/university settings, or work in a teaching capacity in non-profits or company settings. Applicants can include faculty members or graduate students.

Current Job Postings

Associate/Full Professor in Environmental Rhetoric - Department of Communication Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Environmental Communication/Public Relations - Department of Communication, University of Cincinnati

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