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Call for Papers, Special Issue of the Journal Social Networks

News vom 15.01.2020

Call for Papers, Special Issue of the Journal Social Networks, edited by David Tindall, Nina Kolleck & John McLevey:


This is a call for manuscripts on social networks and climate change that will appear in a special collection in Social Networks (either as a section, or a special issue, depending on the number of high quality papers).

Anthropogenic global warming, and consequent climate change, are amongst the biggest challenges facing humankind. Early research on anthropogenic climate change, understandably, was mostly conducted by natural scientists, who analyzed the origins of climate change and its potential impacts on the earth system. The effects of individuals, societies and policies – key drivers of climate change – and the social dimensions of climate change were given secondary emphasis for a significant period of time. Since the beginning of the 1990s, due to the increasing awareness of both the significant social consequences and the impacts of human behavior and social structures on climate change, social researchers have begun investigating the social scientific aspects of this problem. However, while a variety of social dimensions of climate change issues have been studied for several decades, it is only recently that a growing number of scholars have started to analyze the role that social networks play in anthropogenic climate change. These works constitute the beginnings of a significant body of work by social network scholars, contributing crucial insights by looking beyond actor attributes and placing a focus on the relations amongst actors, and shedding a light on network dynamics.

The scope for potential papers includes, but is not restricted to, topics involving climate change and networks with regard to any of the following: discourse networks, policy networks, political polarization, social movements, network analyses of social media, analyses of networks, attitudes, values, and opinions, networks and community resilience, carbon emissions and the world system. Diverse network methodologies are welcomed.

Manuscripts need to be submitted through the Social Networks submission portal by May 21st, 2020. When submitting your manuscript, please indicate that your manuscript is being submitted for consideration for the special issue on “Social Networks and Anthropogenic Climate Change” by choosing ‘SI: Anthropogenic Climate Change’ from the file type drop down menu.

Dr. David Tindall, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia, E-mail: tindall@mail.ubc.ca

Dr. Nina Kolleck, Universität Leipzig, E-mail: nina.kolleck@uni-leipzig.de

Dr. John McLevey, Department of Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo, john.mclevey@uwaterloo.ca

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