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Special Issue Call for papers on Biodiversity Revisited

  • 1.  Special Issue Call for papers on Biodiversity Revisited

    Posted 01-10-2020 09:53
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    The Luc Hoffmann Institute and Future Earth are now inviting papers for a Special Issue in the Journal of Environmental Conservation

    Biodiversity Revisited: Developing new approaches to sustain life on Earth
    Submission Deadline 1st April

    The diversity of life that sustains humanity is being severely degraded by human action leading to a deterioration in land, air, and water quality, loss of natural ecosystems and widespread declines in populations of wild species. These changes are well documented and of existential significance to human societies, yet significant knowledge about biodiversity loss has not catalysed effective broad-based action. The Biodiversity Revisited initiative is an interdisciplinary collaboration that is critically examining the research, policy, and practices which currently underpin biodiversity conservation. This call for papers invites contributions that critically assess the following proposition statement:

    Biodiversity has not, broadly speaking, proven to be a compelling object for sufficient action to halt the degradation of the diversity of life on earth. At the same time, the fragmentation of research and policy efforts into overlapping agendas around biodiversity, climate, oceans, land degradation, sustainable development and so on has prevented the conservation community from developing a holistic approach to sustaining the diversity of life on Earth. Furthermore, the predominant focus of research on describing biophysical change does not provide the necessary insight into the social and policy dynamics that would facilitate effective action.

    In this theme of Environment and Conservation we are seeking contributions from any areas of conservation research and practice, as well as from broader disciplinary perspectives in the social and biophysical sciences and humanities. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Concepts that shape how a biodiversity is understood, discussed, and managed within any society and is thus a critical building block for both research and action;

    • Narratives that shape how the problem of biodiversity is framed and communicated, to consider the efficacy of new and existing narratives that are used to motivate research and action;

    • Science that underpins conservation, and critical considerations of the role of science in supporting action and change, and the frontiers of research to sustain life on Earth;

    • Governance processes of interaction and decision-making that lead to the creation, reinforcement, or reproduction of social norms and institutions that mobilise or hinder action;

    • Systems approaches and framings that conceptualise feedbacks and interconnections between social, biophysical, climate, and institutional problems from local to global scales;

    • Futures studies that consider ways of conceptualizing and supporting decision-making, to prepare for and anticipate, the implications of longterm future change

    For details of the call see:
    Or contact Sylvia Wood:


    Dr. Sylvia Wood
    Science Officer
    Future Earth