Societal Responses to Climate Change: Shaping Public Discourse and Policy

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 April 2024 | Viewed by 109

Special Issue Editors

Strategy, International Business, and Entrepreneurship Division, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 639798, Singapore
Interests: sustainable development; climate change; non-traditional security
School of Social Sciences and the Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore
Interests: environmental sociology; international development; food and global aquaculture
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a call for academic papers on the topic of "Societal Responses to Climate Change: Shaping Public Discourse and Policy". As the global climate crisis unfolds, understanding how societies respond, engage, and mobilize to address climate change is crucial. The various social sciences disciplines play a significant role in exploring the complex interactions between individuals, communities, and private and public institutions.

This call invites scholars from various disciplines, including sociology, environmental studies, political science, public policy, business, and related fields, to collaborate and contribute research and insights on the multifaceted dimensions of societal responses to climate change. We welcome empirical research papers, theoretical contributions, policy analyses, case studies, and interdisciplinary works that will provide fresh perspectives on the interplay between society, the economy, and the environment for public discourse and policy formation in the context of climate change.

Papers published under this Special Issue will contribute to the academic understanding of societal responses to climate change by developing theory and informing policy, practitioners, and activists. We expect that this collection of papers will advance our knowledge of how various academic fields shape public discourse and policy, ultimately leading to more effective responses and sustainable solutions.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Societal responses to climate change across different levels: public and private sectors as well as local, regional, and global movements;
  • Academic discourse of sociology and climate change: theoretical frameworks, conceptual models, and approaches;
  • Public discourse on climate change: analyses, formulations, and implementation of policy initiatives;
  • Community and indigenous movements as a response to climate change: public attitudes, behaviours, values, and motivations.

Economic and social transitions for climate resilience.

We look forward to receiving your contributions to the field of research on societal responses to climate change.

Dr. Edson Kieu
Dr. Md Saidul Islam
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sociological perspectives
  • movements and activism
  • climate change
  • public discourse
  • public policy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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