Several IECA members have a new anthology entitled The Local and the Digital in Environmental Communication

Several IECA members, Joana Díaz-Pont, Pieter Maeseele, Annika Egan Sjölander, and Maitreyee Mishra, along with Kerrie Foxwell-Norton, have published a new anthology entitled The Local and the Digital in Environmental Communication. The book is the tenth in the Palgrave/IAMCR book series "Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research" and is a joint initiative of IAMCR’s Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group and ECREA’s Science and Environment Communication Section.

While the volume was written before the global pandemic, the issues it addresses clearly resonate in the context of families, friends and colleagues in lockdown who are at once physically disconnected and digitally connected. From the publisher:

This volume interrogates the intertwining of the local and the digital in environmental communication. It starts by introducing a wave metaphor to tease out major shifts in the field, and situates the intersections of local places and digital networks in the beginning of a third wave. Investigations that feature the centrality of place and digital communication platforms show how we today, as researchers and practitioners, communicate the environment. Contributions identify the need for critical approaches that engage with the wider consequences of this changing media landscape, unpacking local and global tensions in environmental communication research. This empirical case study collection from different parts of the world shows that environmental activists and citizens creatively use digital technologies for campaign purposes. It identifies new environmental communication challenges and opportunities, as well as practices, of environmental activists, NGOs, citizens and local communities, in the fight for social and environmental justice.

The book contains the following articles:

  • Foreword - Alison Anderson & Libby Lester
  • Environmental Communication in the Intertwining of the Local and the Digital - Joana Díaz-Pont, Annika Egan Sjölander, Kerrie Foxwell-Norton, Maitreyee Mishra, and Pieter Maeseele
  • Aerial Activism in Old-Growth Rainforest: The Ancient Forest Alliance’s Drone Videography as Spatial Communication - Derek Moscato
  • Employing Digital Technologies in Environmental Communication Campaigns in China: A Capacity-Building Perspective - Kenneth C. C. Yang and Yowei Kang
  • The Multiple Airs: Pollution, Competing Digital Information Flows and Mobile App Design in China - Matteo Tarantino
  • Localizing Environmental Conflicts: Facebook Groups as Intertextual Sites for Local Protest Voices - Anders Horsbøl
  • Surviving the Legacy Media System: The Place of Local Digital Activism in the Chiloé Red Tide Crisis - Claudio Broitman and René Jara
  • ICTs, Environmental Activism and Community Mobilization in Senegal, Kenya and South Africa - Tracy M. Tinga, Patrick D. Murphy, and Emmanuel Septime Sessou
  • Old Power Struggles and New Media Work: Indigenous Peoples’ Striving for Justice in Contemporary Brazil - Camila Emboava Lopes and Annika Egan Sjölander
  • Hacking the Foodscape: Digital Communication in the Co-design of Sustainable and Inclusive Food Environments - Alana Mann
  • Smart City and the Reinvented Politics of Governing Through Datafied Environment in Songdo, South Korea - Chamee Yang
  • Sparking an Interest in Local Water Issues: Social Media as an Enabler for (Hyper)local Community Engagement in Environmental Issues and the Role of Solution Journalism - Franzisca Weder
  • Lived, Local and Everyday: Understanding Media Use in Green Home Renovation - Aneta Podkalicka and Deb Anderson