Environmental Communication Division

National Communication Association

Photo by Barb Willard, 2018 NCA pre-conference field trip in Salt Lake City, Utah


The Environmental Communication Division of the National Communication Association is a multidisciplinary effort to support a broad audience of academics, professionals, and practitioners to share and build theoretical, critical, and applied scholarship addressing environmental communication in a variety of contexts.

We believe all communication involves an environmental dimension, because symbolic and natural systems are mutually constituted. Humans are one part of the broader ecosystems and cultures we inhabit, both shaping and shaped by our corporeal, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical alienation from and proximity to those spaces and communities.

To explore these rich and significant connections, we encourage qualitative, quantitative, and critical scholarship and pedagogy that showcases and advances our understanding of the production, reception, contexts, or processes of human communication regarding environmental issues. Many members of the division also belong to the International Environmental Communication Association (http://theieca.org/) to participate in an international group of researchers and practitioners.

This year's NCA convention theme, Communication for Survival, aligns with environmental communication interests and commitments. Check back for our Call for Papers in mid-January.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • environmental participatory processes
  • environmental representations and discourses circulated through media
  • rhetorical analyses of environmental controversies and advocacy in public culture
  • cultural studies approaches to popular “green” or “eco-” practices
  • historical case studies of environmental events
  • organizational analyses of environmental and anti-environmental institutions
  • interpersonal/relational dimensions shaping human and non-human relations
  • risk communication about environmental decision-making
  • psychological/cognitive research regarding environmental attitudes and behaviors