1st Edition

The Handbook of International Trends in Environmental Communication

    540 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    540 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook provides a comprehensive review of communication around rising global environmental challenges and public action to manage them now and into the future.

    Bringing together theoretical, methodological, and practical chapters, this book presents a unique opportunity for environmental communication scholars to critically reflect on the past, examine present trends, and start envisioning exciting new methodologies, theories, and areas of research. Chapters feature authors from a wide range of countries to critically review the genesis and evolution of environmental communication research and thus analyze current issues in the field from a truly international perspective, incorporating diverse epistemological perspectives, exciting new methodologies, and interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks. The handbook seeks to challenge existing dominant perspectives of environmental communication from and about populations in the Global South and disenfranchised populations in the Global North.

    The Handbook of International Trends in Environmental Communication is ideal for scholars and advanced students of communication, sustainability, strategic communication, media, environmental studies, and politics.

              What Is Environmental Communication? Introduction and Structure of the Field

    1. Expanding Conceptualizations of Environmental Communication Research
      Bruno Takahashi, Julia Metag, Jagadish Thaker, and Suzannah Evans Comfort

      Classical Approaches to Environmental Communication Research

    2. Covering the Environment Beat: A Systematic Review of Research on News Media Coverage of the Environment
      Bruno Takahashi, Ran Duan, Apoorva Joshi, Anthony Van Witsen, and Wenzhu Li
    3. Media Effects in the Context of Environmental Issues
      Kira Klinger and Julia Metag
    4. The Internet of Natural Things: Environmental Communication Online and in Social Media
      Mike S. Schäfer
    5. Rhetorical Approaches in Environmental Communication
      Casey R. Schmitt, Gabi Mocatta, and Joanne Marras Tate
    6. Comparing the Literature of Science, Risk, and Environmental Communication
      Nichole Bennett, Won-ki Moon, John Besley, and Anthony Dudo
    7. Thematic Chapters

    8. Communicating Power and Resistance in the Global Food System: Emerging Trends in Environmental Communication
      Constance Gordon and Kathleen P. Hunt
    9. Plastic Communication Campaigns and Interventions: Foci, Theoretical Frameworks, Variables, and Methods
      Ronald E. Rice and Cassandra M. Moxley
    10. Plastic and the Environment: Background, Implications, and Challenges
      Ronald E. Rice and Cassandra M. Moxley
    11. The International Coverage of Biodiversity Loss
      James Painter
    12. Internationalising Environmental Communication Research

    13. Environmentalism of the Poor: Global South Perspectives on Environmental Communication
      Jagadish Thaker
    14. Rethinking Publics and Environmental Communication in Western and Eastern Cultures
      Phaedra C. Pezzullo and Jingfang Liu
    15. Prioritizing Development, Vying for Attention: Factors Influencing the Practice of Environmental Journalism in the Global South
      Mira Rochyadi-Reetz and Dan Teng’o
    16. Challenging the Nation-State: Indigenous Nations in Science and Environmental Communication
      Ryan Comfort
    17. Cultural Tailoring of Environmental Communication Interventions
      Maria Knight Lapinski and John G. Oetzel
    18. Environmental Communication Research in the French-Speaking World
      Andrea Catellani, Céline Pascual Espuny, and Pudens Malibabo Lavu
    19. Engagement with Environmental Affairs

    20. Models of Attitudes, Intentions and Behaviors in Environmental Communication
      Helena Bilandzic and Anja Kalch
    21. The Role of Emotions in Environmental Communication
      Jessica Gall Myrick and Jeff Conlin
    22. Environmental Communication and Policy Makers
      Birte Fähnrich and Alexander Ruser
    23. Participatory Environmental Communication: Toward Enhanced Collaboration and Dialogue in Caribbean and Pacific Communities
      Usha S. Harris and Rowie Kirby-Straker
    24. Environmental Social Movements and Social Media
      Jill E. Hopke and Lauren Paris
    25. Social Media Influencers and Environmental Communication
      Desirée Schmuck
    26. Environmental Communication as Education

    27. Rewilding Environmental Communication through Transformative Teaching
      Tema Milstein, John Carr, José Castro Sotomayor, and Mariko Oyama Thomas
    28. Revolutionaries Needed! Environmental Communication as a Transformative Discipline
      Franzisca Weder and Tema Milstein
    29. Environmental Educommunication: EdTech’s Visual Media Trends for Environmental Learning
      Fatima Viteri
    30. Emerging Areas in Environmental Communication Research

    31. Neuroimaging in Environmental Communication Research
      Ralf Schmälzle, Shelby Wilcox, and Clare Grall
    32. Virtual and Augmented Reality in Environmental Communication
      Priska Breves and Esther Greussing
    33. Ecological Crisis as a Laughing Matter: Uses of Humor in Environmental Communication
      Jari Lyytimäki
    34. Hearing Nature: Approaching International Environmental Communication through Music and Sound
      Joshua Groffman and Olusegun Stephen Titus


    Bruno Takahashi is Associate Professor of Environmental Journalism and Communication at Michigan State University, USA, with a joint appointment in the School of Journalism and AgBioResearch.

    Julia Metag is Professor of Communication Science at the Department of Communication at the University of Muenster, Germany.

    Jagadish Thaker is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Suzannah Evans Comfort is Assistant Professor in the Media School at Indiana University, USA.

    "The Handbook of International Trends in Environmental Communication brings together a brilliant group of interdisciplinary scholars to offer the latest theoretical and methodological developments in the field of environmental communication. This significant volume offers insights to environmental communication research by integrating cutting-edge approaches such as neuroimaging, and virtual and augmented reality. The editorial team went the extra mile to challenge existing dominant perspectives of environmental communication from and about populations in the Global South and disenfranchised populations in the Global North. This is a laudable endeavour that is sure to be valuable to scholars and students globally." – Shirley Ho, Professor of Communication at Nanyang Technological University and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environmental Communication