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Population and Environment

Population and Environment

Editor-in-Chief: Elizabeth Fussell

ISSN: 0199-0039 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-7810 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11111

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Theoretical and Methodological Advances in Environmental Decision-Making Research 

Special Issue of Population and Environment

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Guest Editors: Aaron M. McCright & Summer Allen, Michigan State University
Deadline May 15, 2018
Implementing solutions to environmental problems—such as practices to reduce solid waste, decrease water use, promote biodiversity conservation, and adopt energy-efficiency measures—requires, along with more structural changes, effective environmental decision-making by individuals and households. For several decades, social scientists have produced important insights into the causes, characteristics, and impacts of environmental decision-making. As climate change heightens environmental concern, this literature is poised to generate valuable new knowledge about individuals’ and households’ environmentally significant decisions.
For this special issue, we seek papers that explore theoretical and conceptual developments or cutting-edge methodological and analytical advances in research on environmental decision-making. Environmental decision-making encompasses observed and self-reported environmentally significant behaviors and behavioral intentions measured at the individual- or household-level, as well as the cognitive, attitudinal, and affective factors (e.g., worldviews, values, beliefs, identities, norms, etc.) that influence them. Deeper understanding of these dynamics may reveal novel opportunities for behavioral interventions, further insights about causal links and the scope conditions of existing theories, and more nuanced explanations of structural constraints.
Specifically, we seek papers that offer new synthetic, integrative theoretical frameworks; more refined conceptualizations, operationalizations, and measurements; or methodological or analytical advances that more powerfully explain environmental decision-making. We welcome research that uses non-traditional data sources such as social media or big data, and we especially encourage contributions focused in the developing world, as well as those that take an explicitly comparative, cross-national approach. More generally, the research should improve broader understanding and theory regarding the association between population and environment. We encourage contributions based on quantitative as well as qualitative data, as well as those that focus on policy dimensions.
Population and Environment publishes research articles (both full-length and research briefs), and reviews focused on the reciprocal links among population, natural resources, and the natural environment, with the purpose of deepening scientific and policy dialogue in this often complex area. Contributors come from multiple disciplines, often taking an interdisciplinary perspective on the complex relationships between population and environment.
Please direct questions to Aaron McCright (mccright@msu.edu) or Summer Allen (snap.summer@mac.com), special issue editors, or Elizabeth Fussell, Editor-in-Chief (elizabeth_fussell@brown.edu). Submitted manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with Population and Environment guidelines.

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    Population & Environment is the sole social science journal focused on interdisciplinary research on social demographic aspects of environmental issues.  The journal publishes cutting-edge research that contributes new insights on the complex, reciprocal links between human populations and the natural environment in all regions and countries of the world. Quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods contributions are welcome.

    Disciplines commonly represented in the journal include demography, geography, sociology, human ecology, environmental economics, public health, anthropology and environmental studies. The journal publishes original research, research brief, and review articles.

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    Fertility and land availability, tenure systems * Mortality or morbidity and environmental, pollutant exposures * Migration and natural resource decline * Health, well-being and environmental implications of development * Social stratification and natural hazards * Quality of life and environmental amenities * Population redistribution and land use change * Population composition and energy consumption * Urbanization’s impact on environment and human health * Gender and environmental concern * Disease patterns and climate change * Demographic aspects of consumption-environment linkages.

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    - Research Article: A research article advances new knowledge while being thoroughly grounded in existing scholarship. These submissions must have a clear theoretical foundation, sound methodological approach, clear presentation of results and careful consideration of implications. Submissions for research articles should be double-spaced and no more than 25 pages in length (not including references, tables, figures).

    - Research Brief: A research brief represents a more concise presentation appropriate for case studies, pilot research of sound methodology, or methodological advancements. Such submissions must include a succinct review of relevant literature as well as a clear statement as to the importance and implications of the research. Submissions for research briefs should be double-spaced and no more than 15 pages in length (not including references, tables, figures).

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    In addition, Population and Environment welcomes proposals for special issues focused on innovative topics in the field. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief to propose a special issue.

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