Special Issue "Greening Cultural Policy"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Tourism, Culture, and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 August 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Toby Miller
Guest Editor
Institute for Media & Creative Industries, Loughborough University London, 3 Lesney Avenue, The Broadcast Centre, Here East Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E15 2GZ, UK
Interests: Cultural studies; environment; political economy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I am guest-editing a special issue of the open-access journal Sustainability, to be entitled “Greening Cultural Policy.”

Culture is complicit in two ways with both climate change itself and our failure to deal with it. On the one hand, it is directly responsible for significant carbon footprints and ecological crimes, via building construction and energy use, artistic production, visitor travel, sports events, and media coverage. Despite that, cultural institutions endeavor to legitimize the harm they cause by promoting themselves as good environmental citizens. And on the other hand, they accept sponsorship from major polluting industries, thereby imbuing those extractive corporations with a positive image by embedding them within the everyday pleasures of culture. Cultural institutions therefore both leave their own ecological mark and provide symbolic cover for more significant polluters—a dual problem. Policy is a way of engaging these tendencies, whether that be via national and international regulation and enforcement, corporate policies, social-movement activism, or other means of systematic, accountable ecological transformation.

So my hope is that this issue will contribute to twin, related topics. The first is to do with the role of state, capital, labor, knowledge, and the third sector in environmental activism. The second is about the specificities of cultural policy in this area, which might cover anything from commercial TV networks’ internal guidelines and practices on electricity use or harming animals, through to unions organizing electronic-waste recyclers, or governments publicizing the carbon footprint of museums and football stadia.

I hope you’ll offer something to the journal. Drop me a line at [email protected] re any scholarly questions. You can contact the journal re questions of process, formatting, reviewing, costs, and timelines.

Prof. Dr. Toby Miller
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • cultural and communications policy
  • environment
  • state
  • capital
  • third sector
  • labor

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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