Call for Submissions


(A Peer Reviewed Commemorative Volume)

The ninth World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) was recently held in Vancouver, Canada, September 9-15, 2017 and was organized under the title theme of Culture/Environment: Weaving New Connections. The Organizing Committee for the congress was the Institute for Environmental Learning (BC) in cooperation with the WEEC Permanent Secretariat (Italy). Together, we would like to thank you for your participation in this important international meeting.

The success of the congress has been well documented with more than eight hundred attendees and three UN agencies participating. Attendees hailed from over 60 countries and presented several hundred papers across sub-themes embracing a diversity of approaches in the conceptualization and implementation of EE worldwide. Many attendees remarked that the cultural aspects of the
congress was especially timely and that the practice of inviting educators (both formal and informal) to dialogue with policy makers and academics is important. The inclusion of a teacherfriendly program as well as themed Interactive poster sessions and Novel Formats were new developments that stmiulated dialogue that we hope to see carried forward to future meetings.

The theme for the new book project will also focus on this Culture/Environment nexus. Papers selected for inclusion in the volume will focus on the multidisciplinarity of EE with the developing view that Culture and Environment may be inseperable and arise from/within each other. In addition, submissions will have been previously accepted for presentation at the Vancouver meeting and address one or more of the interconnected congress sub-themes. Submissions can be directed towards an educator or researcher audience (or both) but should involve original research or curriculum development work. All submissions for the volume must be written in English.


Early Childhood Education and EE
Place-based Education and Local Outdoor Learning
Architecture and Green Design
Arts Based Approaches in EE
Agriculture and Garden-Based Learning
Global and Cultural Diversity in EE
Urban Eco-systems
Environmental Communication (and Uncertainty)
Indigenous Knowledge and EE
Ethics Lead Learning and Sustainability
Social Responsibility and Agency/Activism
Nature as Teacher / Nature as Researcher
Global Policy and Environmental Education
Perspectives, Challenges and Innovation in Research


The first stage of the submission process will be to indicate your willingness to have your abstract considered for inclusion in this edited and peer reviewed volume. To be considered, please send a brief email to the lead editor (Dr. David Zandvliet, and include your original abstract submission ID from the congress, a three hundred word (max) edited abstract, and a brief listing of the relevant congress subthemes. It is also advisable to articulate clearly how your submission relates to the overarching theme of Culture and Environment as submissions congruent with this theme will be given priority for the next stage of the process. Please also include a full list of authors and their relevant institutional affiliations in this communication.

In the second stage of the process the editorial team will review the abstracts submitted, and invite full submissions from selected author teams for the next stage of peer review. Unfortunately, not all abstracts submitted will be invited to present their work in this volume, however, those not accepted will automatically considered for publication in the open access journal: Eco-thinking or could alternatively be considered for publication in other venues. Abstracts selected for an invitation to the book project will receive an email letter from the editorial team. This letter this will include further information about page limits, submission format, etc. so that the full submissions can be edited and submitted in a timely manner for the next stage of the process.

In the final stage of the process, the editorial team will provide detailed feedback to author teams regarding their full paper submission in preparation for final copy editing of the publication to the publisher. After a final external peer review of the entire volume, the final book will then be published as part of the Researching Environmental Learning Series with Sense Publishers (Netherlands). Finally, as we hope to have the entire submission and review process conducted within the next 6-8 months, it is important that authors respect the timelines for transition of their submitted work to the a final published volume. Below is the detailed timeline with key dates that proposals will need to meet for inclusion in the publication.


Email your ID, abstract and proposal summary to the editor. ( Dec. 1st, 2017
Invited author teams are notified and given submission requirements. Dec. 15th, 2017
Full chapter drafts are sent to the editor in preparation for peer review. Feb. 1st, 2018
Editorial feedback on full proposals will be returned to author teams. Mar. 15th, 2018
Final copy-edited chapter drafts will be submitted to the editor for compiling. May 15th, 2018
Full peer reviewed volume will be submitted to the Publisher. June 30th, 2018