Call for Chapters in a new ‘state of knowledge’ edited volume on society and natural resources:
Emerging Perspectives, Practices and Opportunities in Natural Resource Social Sciences
Global Voices: Whose voices and knowledge are we missing from the English language literature on society and natural resources?
Power and Privilege: Who has power and who doesn’t in shaping research and the trajectory of natural resource transitions, and how do these imbalances propagate?
Relevance and Impact: What role do society and natural resource experts play in natural resource transitions and how can our work be more impactful?
These questions and more guide our thinking about the field of society and natural resources in the face of unprecedented global challenges and the spectre of technical solutions. We thus invite abstracts for chapters in an edited volume assessing the state of research and scholarship in the field of society and natural resources.
This volume is being co-edited by Kate Sherren (Dalhousie University), Gladman Thondhlana (Rhodes University) and Douglas Jackson-Smith (Ohio State University) with the support of the International Association of Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) and its Society and Natural Resources Book Series Editorial Board.
The book is scheduled to be published with the Utah State University/University Press of Colorado in 2024, timing that is designed to continue the pattern of decadal reviews in the field, following from volumes in 2004 and 2014 (Manfredo, 2004; Manfredo et al., 2014). As with those two prior volumes, we will target the launch of the book at an ISSRM/IASNR Conference, with funding sought to support the distribution of the volume to all attendees. Additional expected audiences include students, researchers and instructors of social science and natural resources, and natural resources managers seeking the state of the art.
Diverse author teams are welcomed, including across geography, stage of career and identity; where two or more abstracts are submitted for similar themes, the editors may connect the authors and encourage a shared submission.
Graphics are welcome to enrich the text, including photos, but must be designed for black and white production, and be essential to the work (e.g. location maps or photos of case examples, conceptual diagrams, synthesis tables and figures). No supplemental materials can be included.
Commentaries: 1500-2000 -word opinion pieces (references included) about any aspect of the state of the field, requiring less support in terms of literature. These submissions can present strengths and/or gaps, elucidate debates, and/or provide/compare perspectives on how the field looks in different parts of the world, and within and across different fields of study.
Review papers: 5000-7000-word reviews (references included) of a targeted area of the theoretical and empirical literature, potentially to be organized along the following four categories. Sample subject areas not comprehensive but included only as prompts for thinking, based on editor reviews of trends in the SNR journal and IASNR conferences. The first does not have temporal constraints, but the latter three we are focusing on developments since approximately 2010, placed in an earlier context.
Those who have organized or published in edited volumes before will realize that despite it being 2021, hitting that 2024 timeline requires hard deadlines along the way. Submission of an abstract implies an agreement to meet these deadlines, currently anticipated as follows:
Step 1. Abstract submission
Please send a title, 500-word proposed abstract, and author list (including corresponding author contact details) by clicking here, by February 28, 2021.
The form also asks for 5 keywords, an estimated final length, and that you indicate the submission category you think best fits of the above list.