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 Special Issue: Responses to a Changing Climate
Posted by: Ioannis Kareklas
Title/Position: Associate Professor and Chair of Marketing
School/Organization: University at Albany, State University of New York
Sent to listserv of: SESP, SPSSI
Date posted: August 24th, 2021

Please find a "Call for Papers" for a special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050) entitled "'We Are All in This Together’: Government, Industry, Firm, Not-for-Profit, and Consumer Responses to a Changing Climate" in the section "Air, Climate Change and Sustainability":

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2021.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Manuscripts are being solicited for an upcoming Special Issue of the journal Sustainability (5-Year Impact Factor: 2.798) that will focus on potential ways to address climate change. In particular, this issue aims to feature original research focusing on any of the following: government, industry, firm, not-for-profit, and consumer responses to climate change.

Sheth and Parvatiyar (2020) emphasize that practitioners and scholars need to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, as global CO2 emissions have increased by about 50% in the last three decades, “and without action, the world’s average surface temperature is likely to rise by 3 degrees centigrade this century.” Relatedly, according to the IPCC report (IPCC 2018), about “1.0 °C of global warming above pre-industrial levels,” can be attributed to human activities. Furthermore, this comprehensive study finds that if we maintain current rates of emissions, global warming will reach “1.5 °C between 2030 and 2052.” Furthermore, rising global temperatures tend to increase the likelihood of future pandemics, similar to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (Mende and Misra 2020).

Our changing climate presents a number of existential crises (to our economic, social, and natural systems), yet fewer than 1% of all marketing submissions deal with this issue (Hall 2018). This Special Issue will focus on approaches to deal with our changing climate. We are looking for original manuscripts that include empirical investigations, domain summaries, as well as theoretical and opinion pieces. We are interested in research addressing any of the following questions (additional relevant topics will be considered):

How can government/not-for-profit organizations/companies best persuade consumers to alter their behaviors and consumption patterns to be more eco-friendly and less wasteful? Manuscripts in this area can focus on consumer behavior/advertising/social marketing empirical investigations demonstrating the effectiveness of different approaches.

What role should regulatory approaches play in curbing the environmentally harmful activities of industry/firms (e.g., carbon taxes aimed at reducing carbon footprints)? Manuscripts in this area could have an emphasis on the public policy considerations and/or the strategic business implications of such initiatives.

How do consumer perceptions of climate change vary across demographic and/or psychographic groups? For example, how do climate change perceptions differ across consumers of different generation groups, across countries, across the spectrum of political ideology/affiliation?

How do businesses effectively work with their target audiences to develop and communicate effective green marketing initiatives? Manuscripts in this area could focus on how firms can best engage with their consumers to become more environmentally friendly. For example, initiatives to reduce waste, which could simultaneously be eco-friendly and profitable.

What have we learned from the extant literature on climate change interventions aimed at mitigating the devastating impacts of climate change across academic disciplines, including (but not limited to) marketing, economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, ecology?

Dr. Ioannis Kareklas
Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

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public policy and social marketing responses to climate change
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