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[Commlist] Call for papers: Cross-innovations for sustainability skills: linking environment, media and education

Thu Apr 02 22:50:34 GMT 2020

Call for papers: Cross-innovations for sustainability skills: linking environment, media and education
Tallinn University, Estonia, 28-29 August 2020

The relationship of digital media innovations and environmental sustainability is an ambivalent one. The omnipresence of media in our lives and the creative forces enabled by digital innovations hold the potential for media, entertainment, education services to mediate the circumstances in the planetary ecosystem to us in more powerful ways than never before. There are increasingly more services and applications dedicated to this function and there has been an explosion of information revealing the ongoing complexities in environmental evolution. Yet, much of the information and the services may be misleading or their credibility may be unknown to the users. Further, the environmental footprints of the digital service infrastructures can easily consume their positive contribution to people’s evolving sustainability skills. This calls for new well-designed services and innovative uses of digital media to increase environmental sustainability.

We invite practitioners and researchers to explore the role of digital innovations for the use of enhancing citizens’ environmental and sustainability skills, especially in the context of media and education. We seek examples and critical evaluations of cross-innovations (Ibrus, 2019) defined as collaborative innovations that happen across organisational, technological, geographic or sectoral boundaries of digital service economies. The conference accepts presentations about any stage of the cross-innovation cycle: theoretical considerations, prototype development, case studies of innovation use and impact evaluation, analyses of sectoral cooperation trends, emergence of new convergent markets, etc.

The conference is hosted by the multidisciplinary sustainability skills research team in Tallinn University, comprising expertise in ecology, educational science, psychology, digital technologies, creative industries and media studies, and environmental communication. Our research group invites researchers and practitioners from all fields to submit papers that discuss in various ways how digital media innovations relate to sustainability and the environment. These might include (but are not limited to):

-Digital tools in environmental communication
-Technology-enhanced learning in environmental/sustainability education
-Mediatization of ecological research
-Platformization of environmental communication
-Misinformation in environmental communication
-Transmedia and cross-media solutions for environment topics
-Critical analysis of the environmental impact of digital media innovations
-Studies of environmental media infrastructures
-Analyses of rationales for sectoral collaborations and convergence
-User-driven innovations in digital environmental communication
-The role of national innovation systems in facilitating the emergence of environmental media and education innovations
-Datafication of environment modelling, representations and communication
-Political economies of innovating environmental media and communication
-The potential role of 5G, Internet-of-Things, Semantic Web and blockchain technologies in modelling the environment and in related media and communication practices -Public and private sector collaboration in environmental communication and innovation -The role of public service media in in environmental communication and innovation -The role of digital media start-ups in environmental communication and innovation
-Gamification of environmental communication
-Critical histories of environmental media innovation and their uses in education

Please send your abstract (max 300 words) by May 10 to (seemik /at/ <mailto:(seemik /at/>. All applicants will be notified by June 1. We hope to run the symposium in a classic format but will prepare to move the event on-line if the COVID-19 situation still restricts gatherings in August.

We are working towards the option of publishing selected papers of the symposium in a special issue of edited volume.

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