Divisions: Environmental Communication
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    • Jonathon Schuldt Chair

      Cornell University
      Department of Communication              Ithaca, NY 14853
      USA jps56@cornell.edu

    • Silje Kristiansen Vice Chair

      Department of Environmental Studies   Syracuse, NY 13210                             USA kristiansen@esf.edu

    • Franzisca Weder Secretary

      University of Klagenfurt
      Dept. of Media and Communication Studies
      Universitaetsstr. 65-67
      9020 Klagenfurt Austria Franzisca.Weder@aau.at 

The ICA Environmental Communication Division aims to advance research on the interplay of the environment with any level of communication and in any setting. Research on health, risk, and science communication issues related to the environment are especially germane. The group welcomes work from any perspective (including critical, cultural, ethnic/minority, feminist) employing any research method motivated by sound research questions about environmental communication.

The group seeks to foster a relationship with other scholarly environmental communication associations to forge global ties among academics and practitioners of environmental communication to increase research, education, funding, and publication opportunities.

The Environmental Communication Division is also a vehicle for advancing the Greening of ICA in the areas of scholarship and education. It will help communication scholars improve the environmental performance of their universities, the media industries, and environmental organizations. The group will support members to integrate sustainability issues into their teaching and promote research in this area.

The interest group began with it's initial meeting at ICA 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts with nearly 40 attendees. In 2012 we established bylaws and a full set of officers. By 2013 we had more than 180 members, and 2014 over 200 to gain Division Status. We maintain a a group web site (see link above) and discussion forums for group members in the MyICA/Organization Tools area of the ICA web site.


Environmental Communication Division


2020 Gold Coast, Australia | 21-25 May

The Environmental Communication (EC) Division invites high-quality submissions situated at the interface of the natural environment and human communication at any level of analysis (interpersonal, group, inter-group, organizational, mass, global). Topics can include: visual, aural, and textual representations of the natural environment in media and popular culture; political communication of environmental issues; environment and civic engagement; green marketing and campaigns; public opinion on environmental issues; environmental rhetoric and discourse; and the role of communication technologies in environmental outcomes. Research on health, risk, and science communication issues related to the environment is also germane.

In line with the 2020 ICA theme “Open Communication,” we especially welcome submissions that speak to the value of transparency in environmental communication scholarship. This may include papers that engage with one or more of the “best practices” of the Open Science movement, such as making data and instruments available to the scholarly community, preregistration of study hypotheses and analytic approaches, and collaborating openly with scholars who share different perspectives and diverse approaches to knowledge. It may also include work that engages with open access data and information, and/or considers its implications for communication, the environment, or broader social or civic processes.

More generally, we welcome work from any disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological focus motivated by meaningful research questions or hypotheses in environmental communication. More details about our Division’s mission are available on our website: http://www.icahdq.org/group/envirocomm and Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/290772487977547/?fref=ts 


We welcome the following types of submissions:

  1. FULL PAPERS. Submissions will be accepted with a maximum 8,000 words plus tables, charts, and references, 10-point type minimum. Papers must also include on the cover page as well as in the electronic submission 2-4 topical keywords and at least one method keyword. Please remove all information that may identify the author(s). IMPORTANT: Papers lacking keywords or containing identifying information will *not* undergo review (we will have to reject the paper). 
  2. PANEL PROPOSALS. Include a justification (maximum of 400 words) explaining the importance of the topic, panelists’ names and background, and abstracts for each paper (150 words per paper). Also include a 75-word panel description for the conference program. Each panel can contain up to five papers. Space for panel proposals is very limited. Successful panels will likely be those that encourage racial, ethnic, or geographic diversity in the discipline; mentor junior scholars; promote graduate student research projects; or, explore novel or emerging areas of research.

The EC Division especially encourages participation from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Due to the competitive nature of having papers accepted in the EC Division, an individual can appear as author or coauthor in a maximum of 2 submissions. This includes both full-length papers and panel proposals. Submit papers and panel proposals electronically via ICA’s paper submission website. Deadline: 16:00 UTC (12:00 US Eastern Standard Time) on 1 November 2019.


Top faculty and student papers will receive recognition awards at the EC Division’s Business Meeting. Some travel funding awards are available. To be eligible, student authors must indicate their status (see the EC Division web site, http://www.icahdq.org/group/envirocomm). In addition, see the full ICA 2020 CFP.


  1. In fairness to everyone, all authors and co-authors of submitted proposals are expected to volunteer as a reviewer. To do so, simply please click “Volunteer to be a Reviewer” on the ICA paper submission site at the time of submitting your papers (Deadline: 16:00 UTC on November 1, 2019). Be sure to update your research interests in your 200-word ICA member profile and select 3-5 keywords that describe your subfield and your methodological and theoretical orientations. The EC Division makes reviewer assignments based on your profile and keywords. Once you are approved as a reviewer, you will be assigned 3-5 papers based on your research areas. Please try your best to provide qualitative comments in addition to quantitative feedback.
  2. The division is also seeking session chairs. Should you be interested in chairing any sessions, please indicate so in the “Volunteer” section of the ICA paper submission site.

If you have any questions about the ICA 2020 Environmental Communication Division submission process, please contact Jonathon P. Schuldt, the EC Division Vice Chair at jps56@cornell.edu.


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Bruno Takahashi wrote on the Divisions: Environmental Communication wall: Call for Proposals Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference ICA 2018, Prague, Czech Republic Date: May 24, 2018 | Time: 9am-12pm | Location: TBA The Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference will bring together students working in environmental communication and similar fields with experienced scholars. We invite graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, and sustainability to submit their work. Our goals for this half day pre-conference are to provide a forum to connect with other scholars, gather feedback on research projects, and receive advice pertaining to early career success from leading experts in the field. We hope you’ll join us for the inaugural Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference at the 2018 ICA conference. Pre-conference format: The morning will start with short presentations and a poster session in small group settings. Each group will include, in addition to fellow graduate students and researchers, leading scholars in the field of environmental communication. Presenters will receive feedback from peers, colleagues, and faculty on research projects at any stage in their development. After a networking coffee break, the invited scholars will share insights regarding career opportunities, publishing, and future directions of environmental communication research. Confirmed Faculty Participants: ● Dr. Matthew Nisbet, Northeastern University (Editor-in-chief, Environmental Communication) ● Dr. Jonathon Schuldt, Cornell University (Vice chair elect, Environmental Communication Division - ICA) ● Dr. Lauren Feldman, Rutgers University ● More TBA!! Registration: $20 Participants have to register to the pre-conference through ICA conference portal at the time of registration for the main conference. Applications for oral or poster presentation: https://goo.gl/forms/G8DTBH04fIzw1qg92 Students should submit a 500-word abstract that outlines topic, theoretical framework, method, and if applicable, empirical application. Submission for presentation is not required for participation in the pre-conference. Questions should be addressed to Adina T. Abeles (abeles@stanford.edu) or Adam M. Rainear (adam.rainear@uconn.edu). Deadline for submissions: 14 February 2018 Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2018 Sponsorship: The pre-conference is sponsored by: ● Department of Communication, University of Connecticut ● Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University ● Department of Communication, Michigan State University Co-organizers: ● Adina T. Abeles, Ph.D student, Stanford University ● Adam M. Rainear, Ph.D student, University of Connecticut ● Faculty advisor: Dr. Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State University (Chair, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Bruno Takahashi wrote on the Divisions: Environmental Communication wall: ICA Environmental Communication Division Dissertation Award DEADLINE: March 1st, 2018 The ICA Environmental Communication Division's dissertation award recognizes the best in doctoral research and dissertation writing in environmental communication. The 2018 award will be the inaugural competition of the division. The award will be given in even-numbered years thereafter. The winner will be recognized with a certificate and cash award during the division’s business meeting at the annual conference. Nominations for the award are invited from programs and institutions granting a Ph.D. in any aspect of communication or related fields (e.g. environmental studies, political science, sociology). The rules for the competition are as follows: 1) Dissertations completed between January 1 and December 31 (inclusive) for 2 years prior to the conference year are eligible for consideration. For this first competition, dissertations completed AND successfully defended between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017 are eligible. 2) The dissertation advisor, dissertation committee member, graduate program director, faculty colleague, or the nominee may make nominations. Nominations have to be made with a cover letter indicating the scholarly strengths of the work. In the case of a self-nomination, a cover letter from the advisor must accompany the nomination. 3) A manuscript that summarizes the key elements of the dissertation must be submitted with all nominations. The summary must follow these guidelines: • The manuscript must not exceed 30 pages of text (double spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins) plus references, tables, appendix, etc. • The manuscript should clearly identify and include the rationale, theoretical framework, research questions, relevant literature, methods, results, and conclusions. • The submitted manuscript must include a cover sheet that contains only the title and the abstract. All identifying information has to be removed from the text of the paper and the file properties. • The manuscript and accompanying documents must be submitted as a single PDF document. • Full dissertations or chapters of dissertations will not be accepted for review. • Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will be returned without undergoing review. 4) All materials must be received by February 15, 2018 and should be submitted via email to the ICA Environmental Communication Division Chair: Bruno Takahashi Michigan State University btakahas@msu.edu
Posted Monday, November 20, 2017
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