Winner of the 2016 Sprout Award

sikina_jinnah2_hiresThe Harold and Margaret Sprout award is bestowed annually for a book that “makes a contribution to theory and interdisciplinarity, shows rigor and coherence in research and writing, and offers accessibility and practical relevance.”

While we had an embarrassment of riches this year in terms of worthy books to consider, the Committee was particularly impressed by Post-Treaty Politics (published by MIT Press) by American University professor Sikinna Jinnah.

The book, which focuses on how treaty secretariats contribute to Post treaty politicsregime overlap management, utilized a series of case-studies to examine the influence and skills utilized by treaty bureaucracies to navigate the increasingly byzantine thicket of overlapping treaties that affect the environment.

Call for abstracts: ICES 2016 ASC

Poster%20without%20logosThe scientific programme for the ICES 2016 ASC (Riga, Latvia from 19-23 September) has been published.

Call for abstracts to Session G:  “The inshore challenge: management of recreational and commercial fisheries accounting for social benefits, economic value, and biological sustainability”. A full description of the session is available on the ICES website:

They would like to receive abstracts on all aspects of inshore fisheries, so it would be great if you could submit your work – the deadline submission is the 30 April.

Journal of interest – Environment and Society: Advances in Research


Environment and Society: Advances in Research (  is an annual review journal that publishes critical reviews of the latest research literature on environmental studies.

The publishers are offering ESS members a 20% discount to their online subscription for Environment and Society: Advances in Research. ESS members can gain online access to this journal for only $27.96 (General) and $15.96 (Student).

This is a link to sign up for a free online sample issue


Upload your paper for the Annual Convention in Atlanta by March 7th 2016!

HH_rooftopview_675x359_FitToBoxSmallDimension_CenterThe ISA online paper archive is now up and running for the ISA 2016 Annual Convention in Atlanta!

ISA policy requires a PDF copy of each paper presented at the convention to be uploaded to the archive. This year, to give your discussant, chair, and fellow panelists time to read your work, the ISA asks that you upload your paper by March 7th, 2016.

The ISA handles paper uploads directly through their website, and you will find the option to upload your paper on your personal schedule page. Please note that they only accept PDF files and that they can be no more than 10mb in size.

Journal of interest: Strategic Behavior and the Environment

SBE Journal pictureThe increased level of policy debate regarding environmental and natural resources is well reflected in a rising trend of published analytical work that addresses the interaction between needed policies to better manage environmental and natural resources and the strategic behavior of those who are involved in its design and implementation, and those affected by them.

Environmental policy and strategic behavior has become a field that interests researchers from several disciplines in the social sciences, employing different methodologies while addressing similar research questions. Simultaneously, policy makers seek more help from researchers in the process of developing and implementing environmental policies.

Nominations welcome!

nominations-wanted-576x250Dear Colleagues,

Happy new year, and we hope this finds you all well. The Nominations Committee of the ISA Environmental Studies Section invites nominations for a number of Section Offices. There are a number of vacancies, and opportunities to be involved in the ESS:

  • Executive Committee (6 members, rolling 2-year terms): 3 vacancies
  • Nominations Committee (4 members, rolling 2-year terms): 2 vacancies
  • Sprout Committee Members (5 members, rolling 2-year terms):  2 vacancies


Self-nominations are welcome. If you choose to nominate a colleague, please ensure that the person you are nominating is willing to stand for election.

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