Call for Publications - "Education and Climate Activism: Youth democratic practices and imaginations towards a common world"

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Call for Publications
July 23, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Teaching and Learning

The Educação, Sociedade & Culturas journal (ESC - Education, Society and Cultures) has released a call for papers for a special issue to be published in 2022, "Education and Climate Activism: Youth democratic practices and imaginations towards a common world".

This special issue welcomes interdisciplinary contributions addressing education and climate activism, using qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods approaches; cross-country comparisons are encouraged. We invite contributors to explore broad topics of interest that include but are not limited to:

·        Critical assessments of the role of education in addressing climate change issues;

·        Meanings of climate mobilisation and activism, from the viewpoints of different actors: activists, young people, teachers, parents, policy-makers and school authorities;

·        Processes and factors motivating or challenging young people’s involvement with climate issues and activism, which may configure new learning models;

·        Practices of civic and political participation in formal and non-formal educational contexts, including youth-led or initiated participatory projects and grass-roots movements, aimed at tackling climate challenges;

·        Innovative educational intervention programmes for promoting climate activism and environmental action;

·        Interplay between the offline and the online in fostering and sustaining climate activism, including the visual dimensions of climate-related claims, expressions and performances.


The Guest Editors are Carla Malafaia, from CIIE/University of Porto, Maria Fernandes-Jesus, from the University of Sussex, UK, and Eeva Luhtakallio, from the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Potential contributors are invited to submit extended abstracts of up to 700 words (excluding references) by email to until July 23, 2021. Authors will be informed whether their proposals were accepted or not by the end of September. Manuscripts (of up to 8000 words) should be sent no later than January 5, 2022.

Articles may be written in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, and they should meet the requirements mentioned in the instructions for authors at the ESC website. All manuscripts will be subject to a blind peer review process.

For additional information on this special issue, please contact the guest co-editor Carla Malafaia through the following email: The full call for papers is available at (English version) and at (Portuguese version).

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