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Special Issue "Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Environment and Communication"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Social Ecology and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023 | Viewed by 553

Special Issue Editors

College of Human and Social Futures, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia
Interests: communication among experts and relative non-experts in relation to regional development; environmental challenges; insights from fields such as conversation analysis; anthropological study of witchdoctors; organisational change; adult learning
School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Interests: agriculture and food; communicationsbiotechnology; creative arts; social media; qualitative research methods; media studies
Dr. Martin Espig
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Guest Editor
AgResearch Ltd., Christchurch, New Zealand
Interests: anthropological study of stakeholder groups and participatory processes in resource extraction and natural resource management
School of Business, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Interests: de-growth; circular economy; decision-making in organizations and households in the face of significant environmental change; sustainability learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The journal, Sustainability, invites submissions for a Special Issue on various forms of communication and media use as they relate to environmental issues.  We are looking for transdisciplinary work, of course, whether conceptual in nature or capturing case studies of applied or action research. 

The focus is on communication that is not one way but involves contestation—or unexpected synergies—among multiple stakeholders about particular environmental problems and about related social and economic issues in neighbourhoods, regions, organisations, markets, and societies.  For example, provide a case study of interactions among ‘strange bedfellows’ in development of a city’s circular economy or tackling an emerging biosecurity problem. 

Address challenges or opportunities, such as literacy and expertise, different ways of knowing and social imaginaries, historical marginalisation by gender or social class, and procedural fairness, as well as attachment to place.  Address contexts ranging from climate change impacts to population growth, decline or migration, or look at evolving technologies for engagement. 

Submissions are welcome from a mix of fields—such as social studies of natural resources and the environment, science communication, and impact assessment.  They are also welcome from various mixtures of cultural, communication and media studies, social psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, political economy, and organisational studies. 

Manuscripts should be drafted in order to be accessible and sensible to people outside your field and discipline.  Co-authorship with partners in other disciplines and outside universities is welcome, and articles are invited that feature ‘multiple voices’. 

Prof. Dr. Will Rifkin
Dr. Heather J. Bray
Dr. Martin Espig
Dr. Robert Perey
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • communication
  • media
  • environment
  • identity
  • culture
  • dialogue
  • transdisciplinary

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