Social Networks and Climate Change

Special issue of Social Networks, co-edited with David Tindall (University of British Columbia) and Nina Kolleck (Freie Universität Berlin). 

Call for Papers

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.

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: 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, University of British Columbia.
Nina Kolleck, Freie Universität Berlin.
John McLevey, University of Waterloo.