Environment and Society CFP: Restoration

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Call for Papers
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Environmental History / Studies, Humanities, Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences

Environment and Society

Advances in Research


Thematic Focus: RESTORATION


Call for Papers

Volume 15 (2024)


Guest Editors: Jessica Vandenberg and Annet Pauwelussen


Restoration practice and technologies are emerging as a dominant tool for addressing degrading ecologies globally. This increased popularity is reflected through growing calls for the prioritization and legitimization of restoration as a practice for not only preventing but also reversing ongoing degradation. For example, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration has established ambitious goals to “heal the planet” in 10 years’ time focusing on restoration efforts of forests, farmlands, wetlands, oceans and even cities. Restoration has featured centrally in discussions of changing climates, biodiversity loss, and food security, and restoration technologies in particular have gained significant support. Coral reefs, mangrove forests, riparian systems, and oyster beds, among many other habitats, are not only seen as nature worth “healing,” but as critical natural infrastructures for addressing ongoing human-induced environmental crises. While much restoration literature is dominated by technical and natural science, there is an emerging field of social science studies exploring the social, ethical and political dimensions and implications of restoration as a field of science and practice. These studies have examined how restoration assumes and enables certain kinds of naturalcultural relations, while excluding others. They have also brought into question how the global scale-up of restoration practices may unevenly impact people, their livelihoods, and their environmental relationships.


There is thus a growing body of work that has examined these issues; however, this work is scattered across disciplines and ecological niches. Therefore, this special issue brings together reviews reflecting the diversity of perspectives and questions raised by social scientists on the practice of ecological restoration, restoration technologies, and restoration logics. We aim to bring together different strands of environmental social science and the humanities that have examined restoration practices and other forms of ecological care through lenses of equity, gender, race, history, and governance.


Environment and Society is a journal in which papers are meant to review substantial bodies of literature that inform the author's perspectives and research. We encourage submissions that provide substantial literature reviews that also blend original work to contribute to our critical understanding of the growing field of restoration social science.


Proposed papers can explore many possible restoration themes, including:

  • political ecologies of restoration practices in community-based conservation contexts
  • indigenous knowledge(s) and restoration science
  • visual and material dimensions of restoration used to communicate global environmental issues
  • restoration practices rearranging naturecultural relations
  • power asymmetries, (in)justice, and equity issues in restoration
  • politics of restoration technologies and infrastructure
  • integrating historical perspectives within emerging ecologies
  • racial capitalism and restoration


Key Dates

Abstracts due

December 5, 2022*


Notifications for authors

January 5, 2023*


Completed articles due for initial review

July 1, 2023*


Final submission date

May 1, 2024*


Please submit at 250-word abstract to ares.journal@gmail.com to be considered for this special issue of Environment and Society: Advances in Research. Please send all inquiries to ares.journal@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.berghahnjournals.com/environment-and-society.


Environment and Society is part of the Berghahn Open Anthro subscribe-to-open pilot. As such, all articles in this volume are published Open Access with no Article Processing Fees (APCs) or other fees. For more information, visit www.berghahnjournals.com/boa


* all dates are subject to change