Communication and climate change - journal Desenvolvimento e Meio Ambiente

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October 30, 2016

Communication and climate change

Special issue of Desenvolvimento e Meio Ambiente

(published by Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brasil)

Edited by Eloisa Loose and Anabela Carvalho



Climate change is often considered one of the greatest socio-environmental challenges of our times. It interacts with a series of other factors that further strain the relation between society and the environment, and mitigating it requires major socio-economic and policy transformations.

Although alterations in climate patterns are not always perceptible in people’s daily lives, the mass media have turned climate change into a topic familiar to most and have contributed to put the issue on political agendas in the last few years. A vast number of social agents have advanced diverse readings and propositions, which obtain different levels of visibility in conventional media and gain expression in other communication platforms without professional mediation, including social media and various types of web-based spaces.

The connections between communication studies and climate change-related matters are not simple or linear, and involve multiple questions. For instance: How have the media contributed to reinforcing the status quo regarding climate-relevant policies or, instead, have pushed for transformation? To what extent have dominant discourses promoted citizen engagement? Which discourses can be identified in alternative media and other communication spaces?

With an interdisciplinary vocation, this special issue of the journal Desenvolvimento e Meio Ambiente will aim to identify possibilities and limits of climate change communication, including the ‘moments’ of production, circulation and reception. Reflecting on media discourses on climate change as well as discussing the concrete conditions and complexities of communication practices and interactions with the scientific, economic and political fields are, amongst others, important goals.

Examples of topics that will be welcome in this special issue include:

-       media representations of climate change (e.g. text, image, video or multimodal analyses);

-       discourses on climate change by different social actors (governments, scientific bodies, non-governmental organizations, etc.);

-       communication strategies of civic movements and non-governmental organizations;

-       consumption/reception of climate change communication;

-       citizenship and communication;

-       communication and political processes on climate change.


Deadline for submissions: 30 October 2016

Publication date: December 2016