Climate Change Study Group Article Prize

What is the best (broadly) sociological article you have read – or written! - on climate change? Why not nominate it for the British Sociological Association’s Climate Change Study Group’s Article Prize?

After a year’s break the Article Prize competition returns! This year the prize will be awarded to the best article - as selected by a panel of judges - addressing any aspect of the sociology of climate change that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal in the last two years (since January 2017). 

The winning article will receive £100 in book vouchers (with the second placed article winning £50 and the third winning £25). To nominate an article, simply email the article title and abstract together with a short (max 150 words) statement of why you think your chosen article deserves to win the prize to by 5.00pm on Friday, 14 December 2018.

The judges will select the winners, which will be announced in February 2019. The judging panel is comprised of 2016’s prizewinners - Dr Anneleen Kenis, King’s College London, Prof Gordon Walker, Lancaster University - and Study Group Convener – Dr Katy Wheeler, University of Essex.


  • The nominated article must have been published in a peer-reviewed journal between January 2017 and December 2018.
  • Nominations for sole and joint authored articles are welcome (if they win, joint authors will have to share the prize).
  • The paper can be published in any journal, as long as the article’s contribution to climate change sociology (broadly defined) is clear.
  • Entry is open to all: nominated authors do not need to be members of the BSA.

We're looking forward to receiving your nominations!

2016 Prize Winners

We are delighted to announce our 2016 article prize winners. We would like to extend our thanks to this year’s judges: Murray Goulden, Rebecca Whittle, Todd Saunders and Lisa Hall for their tremendous contribution reviewing the 12 papers that were submitted for consideration for the prize.

  1. Anneleen Kenis (2016) Ecological citizenship and democracy: Communitarian versus agonistic perspectives. Environmental politics 35(6): 949-970 
  2. Gordon Walker, Neil Simcock and Rosie Day (2016) Necessary energy uses and a minimum standard of living in the United Kingdom: Energy justice or escalating expectations. Energy Research and Social Science 18: 129-138 
  3. Prativa Spkota, Rodney J. Jeenan, Jana-Axinja Paschen, Hemant R. Ojha (2016) Social production of vulnerability to climate change in the rural middle hills of Nepal. Journal of rural studies, 48: 53-64

Special Recognition is given to Angela Last's paper in Society and Space entitled 'Re-reading worldliness: Hannah Arendt and the question of matter'  with the judges noting 'We were impressed by Last's nuanced discussion of materialism, and novel use of Arendt's work in assessing its pitfalls. However we decided ultimately that […] it was slightly too tangential to climate change to be considered amongst the winners. We nevertheless wanted to give recognition to what was agreed by all to be a sophisticated work.'

Previous winners

Winners of the 2015 Climate Change Article Prize

  1. Rebecca Whittle (2015) Guilt and elation in the workplace: emotion and the governance of the environment at work, Environmental Values 24: 581-601. doi: 10.3197/096327114X13947900182111
  2. Elizabeth Hall and Todd Sanders (2015) Accountability and the academy: Producing knowledge about the human dimensions of climate change. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 21(2): 438-461. Doi: 10.1111/1467-9655.12162
  3. Murray Goulden and Alexa Spence(2015) Caught in the middle: the role of the facilities manager in organisational energy use. Energy policy, 85: 280-287. Doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.06.014

Winners of the 2014 Climate Change Article Prize

  1. Martin Phillips and Jennifer Dickie (2014) Narratives of transition/non-transition towards low carbon futures within English rural communities, Journal of Rural Studies (34) pp. 79-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.01.002
  2. Ritsuko Ozaki and Isabel Shaw (2014) Entangled Practices: Governance, Sustainable Technologies, and Energy Consumption, Sociology 48(3) pp.590–605. DOI: 10.1177/0038038513500101
  3. Warren Pearce (2014) Scientific data and its limits: rethinking the use of evidence in local climate change policy, Evidence & Policy 10 (2) pp. 187-203. DOI: 10.1332/174426514X13990326347801

Winners of the 2013 Climate Change Article Prize

  1. Matthew Fry (2013) 'Cement, carbon dioxide, and the 'necessity' narrative: A case study of Mexico’, Geoforum 49, 127–138.  DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2013.06.003
  2. Pauline Leonard (2013) 'Changing organisational space. Green? Or lean and mean?' Sociology, 47(2), 333-349 DOI: 10.1177/0038038512441280
  3. Chris Shaw  (2013) 'Choosing a dangerous limit for climate change: Public representations of the decision making process', Global Environmental Change, 23(2): 563-571 DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.12.012

We highlight two other papers for commendation because they were so close to the winning papers - coming in 4th and 5th place are:  

  1. Browne et al. 'Developing novel approaches to tracking domestic water demand under uncertainty - a reflection on the 'up scaling' of social science approaches in the United Kingdom'.  Water Resources Management, 27(4), pp1013-1035; DOI: 10.1007/s11269-012-0117-y and
  2. Jaspal et 'Human Responses to Climate Change: Social Representation, Identity and Socio-psychological Action'. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, DOI:10.1080/17524032.2013.846270

Winners of the 2012 Climate Change Article Prize

For our first ever prize, we asked group members to nominate what they thought was the best article addressing any aspect of the sociology of climate change that had been published in a peer-reviewed journal between 2010 and 2012.

Articles put forward for the prize were judged by a panel including John Urry, Catherine Butler, Milena Buchs and Maya Gislason. The panel, which was impressed with the standard of all the entries, decided to award the prize to:

Sarah Hards for her article, 'Social Practice and the Evolution of Personal Environmental Values' published in Environmental Values (2011) 20: 23-42 DOI: 10.3197/096327111X12922350165996

Runners up in joint second place were:

David Uzzell and Nora Rathzel for 'Trade unions and climate change: the jobs versus environment dilemma' published in Global Environmental Change (2011) 21: 1215-1223. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.07.010

Gill Seyfang and Alex Haxeltine for (2012) 'Growing Grassroots Innovations: Exploring the role of community-based social movements for sustainable energy transitions' Environment and Planning C 30(3) 381-400 doi:10.1068/c10222.

Brigitte Nerlich for (2010) ''Climategate': Paradoxical Metaphors and Political Paralysis'Environmental Values, vol. 19(4), pages 419-422. DOI: 10.3197/096327110X531543