Climate Change Communication & the Internet

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Call for papers
November 1, 2013

Environmental Communication...

Climate Change Communication & the Internet: Challenges and Opportunities for Research

Guest editors:

  • Dr Nelya Koteyko, University of Leicester,
  • Professor Brigitte Nerlich,University of Nottingham
  • Dr Iina Hellsten, VU University Amsterdam

This special edition of Environmental Communication will be an opportunity to discuss the role of the Internet in our efforts to engage with multiple audiences and evaluate how different stakeholders participate in online debates. It will provide a forum for both academics and communication practitioners to discuss existing and emerging practices of online climate change communication (including comparison between the older traditional and newer forms of journalism) and methods for assessing them.

Suggested areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • How can we assess the influence of online communication on public perceptions of climate change?
  • How do web-based data affect research questions on environmental issues in the social science and the humanities?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities in using online search technology to learn about changes in public opinion about climate change?
  • How has the Internet and social media in particular changed the communication practices of environmental NGOs (e-campaigning)?
  • How has the Internet impacted the way government departments and expert bodies on climate change connect with audiences?
  • How do journalists use social media and blogs to report on climate-related news?
  • What are the strengths and limitations of using online platforms and channels in climate outreach and education projects?
  • What can we learn from the role of the Internet in controversies such as ‘climategate’?

Deadline for submissions: 1st November 2013.
Word limit: 8,000 words (including references)
Queries: Dr Nelya Koteyko, University of Leicester,

Download the PDF Call for Papers.