Dear colleagues

Please find below a call for chapters for a new book entitled Challenging Environmental Management for which we have a contract with Edward Elgar Publishing

As the more detailed text below notes, we invite abstracts for listed chapters no later than 25 August.

If you have any queries, please direct them to in the first instance.

With kind regards

Bev Clarke and Iain Hay



Book Title: Challenging Environmental Management

Co-Editors: Beverley Clarke & Iain Hay (Flinders University, South Australia)

We have an agreement with Edward Elgar Publishing to produce an edited book entitled: Challenging Environmental Management.

This book is designed to challenge contemporary environmental management scholarship and practice dominated by technocentric perspectives characterized by ‘objectivity’, the scientific method, and a value system based on technology and its ability to control and protect ‘the environment’. This book seeks to dispute and disrupt such perspectives by opening readers’ minds to the varied and partial ways human-environment relations are conceived and to the implications that diversity has for the contemporary practice of environmental management.

The book is intended to have international reach, to be inter-disciplinary, and to be accessible to a broad audience (students, educators, scholars, and practitioners). We anticipate the volume will find widespread use as a text for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students. The book is structured in three parts, which are set out below. Details of the individual chapters within each of these three sections are elaborated later.

Part 1     Monocultures of the mind: historical and contemporary environmental management thinking and practice

Part 2     On diversity in thinking about human-environment relations

Part 3     Practising environmental management in the absence of ‘authority’ and ‘fixity’

Contributor timeline

·         Submission of chapter choice                                           25 August, 2017

·         Notification of acceptance/rejection                               15 September, 2017

·         Chapters due from authors                                              1 February 2018

·         Editorial review of all chapters completed                      1 March 2017

·         Revised chapters due from authors                                  15 April 2017


Variations to this timetable cannot be accepted.


Chapter length and other requirements


Chapters will not exceed 4500 words (including references and notes, and allowing 500 words for each figure or illustration and 300 words for each table included).


Each submitted chapter must be accompanied by an abstract of up to 150 words (which will not be included in the printed book, or form part of the overall word count) and a list of up to 6 key words/terms.


How to express your interest in contributing to this book


To express your interest in contributing to this book, please submit the following documents to no later than 25 August 2017


(1)   the abstract that corresponds to your chapter of choice (as identified in the detailed book structure below). Please note that we already have authors contracted for some chapters. Their names and institutional affiliations are set out in bold below. Please do not submit abstracts for these chapters.

(2)   your 200-word author bio. Co-authored chapters are welcome. Please be sure to provide a bio statement for each contributor.


Book structure in detail


Part 1 Monocultures of the mind: historical and contemporary environmental management thinking and practice.

This first Part of the book discusses the origins, evolution and diffusion of contemporary ‘western’ environmental and environmental management thinking. It points to the ways in which a singular, technocratic management perspective has come to be dominant, drawing attention to that perspective’s strengths and significant weaknesses. It lays additional foundations to Parts 2 and 3 of the book by discussing some of the systemic challenges of environmental management that demand its rethinking. Part 1 will traverse the following material:


1.         Situating the technocentric approach: environmental philosophy and different worldviews. (i.e. technocentric approaches as one of a raft of possibilities).

2.         Intellectual and philosophical origins. What are the fundamental characteristics of contemporary ‘western’ environmental thinking about human-environment relations? Where did this thinking come from and why? Here we expect to cover intellectual evolution, religion, capitalism, and the dominance of ‘science’ in practice.

3.         Diffusion: And just how ‘globally’ and intellectually dominant is contemporary ‘western’ environmental thinking about human-environment relations? How have western approaches to human-environment thinking been diffused ‘globally’? What, for example, have been the roles of colonialism, religious evangelism, and industrial expansion?

4.         From environmental thinking to managing: On the emergence of environmental management: When, how and why did a conscious public awareness of the ‘environment’ and the need for its management emerge? (1970s)
(Aidan Davison, University of Tasmania)

5.         What were the practical responses to the environmental movement?  What are the characteristics of the technocentric to environmental management approach? What practical, regulatory, and institutional approaches emerged? What new ‘tools’ for environmental management were developed?

6.         Scaling up: how, when, and why did calls for global approaches to sustainability emerge? What are the principles of sustainability and how are the concepts applied?
(John Blewitt, Aston Business School)

7.         Have western technocentric environmental managers actually changed the nature of human-environment relationships or merely developed ‘’fixes’ that accord with earlier ways of engaging (i.e., business as usual)? Arguably, the dominant western, technocentric approach is flawed, so we need to rethink it.


Part 2 On diversity in thinking about human-environment relations. 

We have argued in Part 1 that there is a relatively uniform western paradigm of environmental management. Now we give voice/place to diversity. How might the ‘environment’ and our relationships with it be imagined differently if voice/place is given to a broader range of interests and to diversity (e.g. gender, alternative economic systems, cultural variety)? This Part of the book is intended to challenge thinking rather than to provide definitive answers. It also underpins approaches to environmental management set out in Part 3. It will include discussion of ideas including:


1.    Indigeneity and environment.

2.    Gender and ecofeminism
      (Mary E. Phillips, Bristol University)

3.    Religious perspectives on environmental management.

4.    Alternative economic systems and environmental management.

5.    Ecological economics: economy as though environment matters.

6.    Humanities- versus science-led environmental management.

7.    Cultural diversity and approaches to environmental management.

8.            Linguistic and culturally-based insights to ‘the’ environment and its management (e.g. discourse analysis; significance of diminishing languages diversity)
(Josh Nash, University of New England)

9.    Role of the media in shaping environmental understandings.

10.  On the multiplicity of personal environmental perspectives


Part 3.  Practising environmental management in the absence of ‘authority’ and ‘fixity’.


This final section of the book explores how environmental management is already being transformed by acknowledgement of diversity and the need to transcend its monoculture and associated technocentrism. It provides examples of shifting power/knowledge in environmental management. Focussing on cutting edge ideas and practices at a range of scales and in a diverse array of contexts, it examines some of the strengths and challenges of environmental management practices that reject an authoritative monoculture. In doing this, Part 3 of the book asks how do we make environmental management that takes diversity seriously work? Recognising this as a ‘wicked problem’ (Rittel & Webber 1973), the intention of the part of the book – like Part 2 – is to stimulate thought, rather than offer definitive answers.


1.    Is deliberative democracy shifting power in environmental management?

2.    How are we moving from compartmentalised learning to Earth-systems thinking?

3.            Engaging in a decentred world: how can interests be balanced and disputes resolved in postmodern environmental management?

4.    Individual and community behaviour change – towards ecological citizenship.

5.            On the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges.

6.            Alternative regenerative and procedural approach to sustainability
(John Robinson, University of British Colombia)

7.    On the role of individuals as change agents in environmental management.

8.    Socially sustainable degrowth as a social–ecological transformation.

9.    Engaging a variety of actors for socially sustainable transitions.

10.         Strategies for eco-social transformation
(Kirstin Davies, Macquarie University)

11.  What difference does green accounting make?

12.  Higher education and social innovation for a post-growth world.

13.  Hope and helplessness: driving change for a 'future' world.




Professor Iain Hay

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Geography


Dean (Education)
College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

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