Barriers and Pathways to Climate Action

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Inspired by the theme of the 2024 Annual Conference of The Eastern Sociological Society, “The Social Side of the Climate Crisis”, we invite submissions for a special collection on “Barriers and Pathways to Climate Action.” We welcome original research contributions from all social science disciplines, regardless of methodology, that focus on identifying and analyzing societal barriers and/or pathways to action on climate mitigation and adaptation. We also welcome contributions that offer commentary and reflection on action barriers and/or pathways in educational and pedagogical contexts, as well as contributions that focus on barriers and pathways to coalition building, action, and knowledge mobilization among social scientists, natural scientists, interest groups, indigenous communities and perspectives, other knowledge systems, and activist groups, broadly defined.  This collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 10, SDG 13, and SDG 17.

Group of activists protesting for climate change.


  • Colin Jerolmack

    Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, New York University, USA

  • Andrew Jorgenson

    Professor of Sociology, Director of Climate & Society Lab, The University of British Columbia, Canada

  • Myron Strong

    Associate Professor, The Community College of Baltimore County, USA

  • Fernando Tormos-Aponte

    Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Colin Jerolmack is Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at New York University. From 2017 to 2023, he chaired NYU’s Department of Environmental Studies. He received his PhD in Sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Harvard University. He is the author of two books, Up to Heaven and Down to Hell: Fracking, Freedom, and Community in an American Town, and The Global Pigeon.


Andrew Jorgenson is a Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Climate & Society Lab at the University of British Columbia. Working in the areas of environmental sociology, global political economy, and the sociology of development, he conducts research on the human dimensions of global and regional environmental change, with a primary focus on the societal causes and consequences of the climate crisis. In 2020, Andrew received the Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environmental Sociology for his innovation, publication, and service in the field of environmental sociology. 

Myron T. Strong is an award-winning sociologist, who is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Community College of Baltimore County in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated with his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Texas in 2014. His research explores Afrofuturism, race, gender and other social factors in modern comics and popular culture. He has published work in academic journals, anthologies, newspapers, encyclopedias. In 2019, he won the Eastern Sociological Society Barbara R. Walters Community College Faculty Award for his article “The Emperor Has New Clothes:​ ​How Outsider Sociology Can Shift the Discipline” published in Sociological Forum.

Fernando Tormos-Aponte is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, he was a Kendall Fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists, an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Cambridge. He earned his MA and PhD in Political Science from Purdue University, West Lafayette, and a BA from the Universidad de Puerto Rico—Río Piedras. Dr. Tormos-Aponte specializes in social movements, identity politics, social policy, and transnational politics. His research focuses on how social movements cope with internal divisions and gain political influence.