The Local and the Digital in Environmental Communication

The Local and the Digital in Environmental Communication

Edited by Joana Díaz-Pont, Pieter Maeseele, Annika Egan Sjölander, Maitreyee Mishra and Kerrie Foxwell-Norton, 2020 - This is the tenth title in the Palgrave/IAMCR book series Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research.

This volume interrogates the intertwining of the local and the digital in environmental communication. It starts by introducing a wave metaphor to tease out major shifts in the field, and situates the intersections of local places and digital networks in the beginning of a third wave. Investigations that feature the centrality of place and digital communication platforms show how we today, as researchers and practitioners, communicate the environment. Contributions identify the need for critical approaches that engage with the wider consequences of this changing media landscape, unpacking local and global tensions in environmental communication research. This empirical case study collection from different parts of the world shows that environmental activists and citizens creatively use digital technologies for campaign purposes. It identifies new environmental communication challenges and opportunities, as well as practices, of environmental activists, NGOs, citizens and local communities, in the fight for social and environmental justice.

This book:

  • Examines changing scenarios in environmental communication resulting from the intertwining of ‘the digital’ and’ the local’
  • Presents a diverse collection of case studies undertaken around the globe
  • Highlights the increased importance of both place and people when identifying and framing environmental problems

Joana Díaz-Pont is Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of Political Science and Public Law of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and a member of IAMCR.

Pieter Maeseele is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Studies of the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and a member of IAMCR.

Annika Egan Sjölander is Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Umeå University, Sweden. 

Maitreyee Mishra is Assistant Professor at Manipal Institute of Communication, MAHE, India, and a member of IAMCR.

Kerrie Foxwell-Norton is Associate Professor of Communication, Media and Journalism Studies at Griffith University, Australia. 

  • IAMCR members are entitled to a special 35% discount on all titles in the series. If you are a member of IAMCR, email with "global transformations discount" as the subject of your message for details on how to get your discount.


  1. Environmental Communication in the Intertwining of the Local and the Digital - Díaz-Pont, Joana (et al.)
  2. Aerial Activism in Old-Growth Rainforest: The Ancient Forest Alliance’s Drone Videography as Spatial Communication - Moscato, Derek
  3. Employing Digital Technologies in Environmental Communication Campaigns in China: A Capacity-Building Perspective - Yang, Kenneth C. C. (et al.)
  4. The Multiple Airs: Pollution, Competing Digital Information Flows and Mobile App Design in China - Tarantino, Matteo
  5. Localizing Environmental Conflicts: Facebook Groups as Intertextual Sites for Local Protest Voices - Horsbøl, Anders
  6. Surviving the Legacy Media System: The Place of Local Digital Activism in the Chiloé Red Tide Crisis - Broitman, Claudio (et al.)
  7. ICTs, Environmental Activism and Community Mobilization in Senegal, Kenya and South Africa - Tinga, Tracy M. (et al.)
  8. Old Power Struggles and New Media Work: Indigenous Peoples’ Striving for Justice in Contemporary Brazil - Emboava Lopes, Camila (et al.)
  9. Hacking the Foodscape: Digital Communication in the Co-design of Sustainable and Inclusive Food Environments - Mann, Alana
  10. Smart City and the Reinvented Politics of Governing Through Datafied Environment in Songdo, South Korea - Yang, Chamee
  11. Sparking an Interest in Local Water Issues: Social Media as an Enabler for (Hyper)local Community Engagement in Environmental Issues and the Role of Solution Journalism - Weder, Franzisca
  12. Lived, Local and Everyday: Understanding Media Use in Green Home Renovation - Podkalicka, Aneta (et al.)

The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: The Local and the Digital in Environmental Communication
Editors: Joana Díaz-Pont, Pieter Maeseele, Annika Egan Sjölander, Maitreyee Mishra and Kerrie Foxwell-Norton
Published: 2020
Pages: 276