Special Issue of Australian Journal of Environmental Education (AJEE)

Guest Editors: David R. Cole & Karen Malone

Western Sydney University & Swinburne University

Rationale: The stakes for environmental education could not be greater. Recent ubiquitous theorisations and discussions about the Anthropocene have popularised the notion that human civilization must change course if it is to avoid a ‘Hothouse Earth’ (Steffen et al., 2018), and successfully negotiate the ‘sixth great extinction event’. Yet, it is far from clear how this will be achieved. This special issue looks to investigate the theoretical, intellectual and practical consequences of such statements for change and for environmental education. Of course, empirical study, experimentation, and environmental activism are all equally important, and will contribute in their own ways to the change of course necessary in the present situation. However, this special issue looks to figure out and understand the philosophical underpinnings of such possible actions in order to strengthen the likelihood that these actions will have a coherent basis and are not merely reactions to the looming global environmental catastrophe that besets us. Many possibilities are opened up due to this call for papers:

  • Critiques of western philosophy and their founding for environmental education;
  • Feminism and environmental education, including work based on the new materialisms and posthumanism;
  • Indigenous knowledges and environmental education;
  • Capitalism and environmental education: e.g., involving the capitalocene and fossil fuel capitalism;
  • Social ecology, ecosophy, and environmental education; and
  • The curriculum, inquiry, change, and environmental education.

Please do not allow this list to limit your imagination with respect to possible topics for analysis and discussion in this special issue.

500 word abstracts and 100 word bios to david.cole@westernsydney.edu.au and K.Malone@westernsydney.edu.au by December 10th, 2018. It is anticipated that 10, peer-reviewed articles of 5000 words each will be published next year (2019) from July/August in AJEE.

For past AJEE issues, instructions to authors (for full submissions) and manuscript submission see https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/australian-journal-of-environmental-education#.


Steffen, W., Rockström, J., Richardson, K., Lenton, T. M., Folke, C., Liverman, D., … & Donges, J. F. (2018). Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(33), 8252-8259.