Call for Chapters: New Book on Critical Issues in Media and Climate Change

Dr. Juliet Pinto, Dr. Robert E. Gutsche, Jr., and Dr. Paola Prado are working on an eyes-influenced project — an edited volume focused on critical issues in climate change and how media cover them. Read below for details.

December 2017 CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS for

Climate Change, Media & Culture: Critical Issues in Environmental Communication

Edited by Juliet Pinto, Robert E. Gutsche, Jr., and Paola Prado to be published by Emerald Publishers

Abstracts deadline: 28 Feb 2018

Full manuscripts deadline: 1 July 2018


The acceleration of massive global climate change provides a nexus for the examination of power, political rhetoric, science communication, and sustainable development. This edited volume seeks to understand how government policies, environmental news reports, corporate messages, and social influences communicate the complexities of climate change to the public. In particular, this work examines the roles that journalism, entertainment, and strategic messaging play in mediating meanings of science, health, economy, and sustainable solutions.

The volume will assemble interdisciplinary research that offers a comparative view of 21st Century communication regarding climate change. This work fills the gap in the literature with a critical examination of the interfaces of mediated expressions communicated to the public through news reports, strategic messages from corporate and civil society actors, and official sources. Climate change communication is inherently interdisciplinary, global in scope but local in impacts; therefore, understanding how media industries, journalists, advertisers, public relations professionals, academics, governments, and scientists communicate climate change is of critical importance.

Potential topics within this volume include:

  • Communicating resilience through environmental journalism
  • Engaging corporations in climate-change initiatives and advertising
  • Analysis of climate deniers, from politicians and public conversation
  • Challenges of communicating environmental justice
  • Linguistics and storytelling of climate change explanations in the news
  • The role of visual communication in capturing and addressing climate change
  • Compressing the digital divide through innovative engagement about environments
  • Altering social norms of environmental journalism in the era of Trump
  • Communicating health impacts of climate change
  • Racialization of climate change communication
  • Effects of climate change on communicating issues of migration and mobility
  • Content, strategies, audiences and messaging of environmental information across social media platforms.
  • Assessment of the current scholarly and practical approaches to communicating climate change

Please submit an abstract (250 words or less) and 2-3 suggested reviewers no later than 28 Feb 2018 to Dr. Juliet Pinto ( Providing the abstract meets the criteria for the call, full manuscripts are due 1 July 2018. International perspectives are encouraged, as are both theoretical and empirical works from qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Final chapters should be no more than 8,000 words in length, including references, and should conform to APA guidelines.