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Dear colleagues,

I am writing to invite you to submit a manuscript to a special issue (or section) of Social Networks on climate change. I am co-editing the volume with David Tindall (University of British Columbia) and Nina Kolleck (Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin).

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.

A voluntary one-page abstract describing your proposed paper is due on January 21st, 2019.

We will endeavor to provide feedback within six weeks of the deadline. This proposal is voluntary in the sense that one can still submit a paper for consideration for the special issue without first submitting a proposal. But we encourage the submission of proposals in advance of a final paper.

Please send your one-page abstract to: [log in to unmask] The deadline for the completed papers will be January 21st, 2020.

The completed paper will need to be submitted on the journal website. Details about this will be given at a later date.

The scope for potential papers is quite broad, and could include 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.

David Tindall, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia.
Nina Kolleck, Freie Universita╠łt Berlin.
John McLevey, Department of Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo.


Dr. John McLevey
Assistant Professor
University of Waterloo
Department of Knowledge Integration
Department of Sociology & Legal Studies
Waterloo, ON, Canada

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