Nature and Culture

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Editors: Sing C. Chew, Humboldt State University, USA, and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and
Matthias Gross, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and University of Jena, Germany

NC is now indexed in Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences (CC/S&BS) and the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)!

Journal Impact Factor: 0.618

Nature and Culture is a forum for the international community of scholars and practitioners to present, discuss, and evaluate critical issues and themes related to the historical and contemporary relationships that societies, civilizations, empires, regions, nation-states have with Nature. The journal contains a serious interpolation of theory, methodology, criticism, and concrete observation forming the basis of this discussion.

The mission of the journal is to move beyond specialized disciplinary enclaves and mind-sets toward broader syntheses that encompass time, space and structures in understanding the Nature-Culture relationship. The Journal furthermore provides an outlet for the identification of knowledge gaps in our understanding of this relationship.

Nature and Culture receives financial support for its editorial operations from the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig. (English version)

The Editors and Editorial Board will consider new topics and authors should not be restricted by those listed below. Current themes are as follows:

  • Cultural Reactions and Conceptions of Nature
  • Degradation and Restoration of Environment
  • Ecological Time and Futures
  • Political and Socioeconomic Arrangements of Landscapes 

For a more detailed explanation of these topics, please see Nature and Culture's Themes.

Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Environmental Studies

Current Issues

Volume 9, Issue 2, Summer 2014

Guest editors: Luísa Schmidt, Ana Horta, and Françoise Bartiaux


Socio-technical and Cultural Approaches to Energy Consumption: An Introduction
Ana Horta, Harold Wilhite, Luísa Schmidt, and Françoise Bartiaux

Italian Views on Sustainable Energy: Trends in the Representations of Energy, Energy System, and User in the Years 2009-2011
Mauro Sarrica, Sonia Brondi, and Paolo Cottone

A Transformative Practice? Meaning, Competence, and Material Aspects of Driving Electric Cars in Norway
Marianne Ryghaug and Marit Toftake

Examining the Dynamics of Energy Demand through a Biographical Lens
Catherine Butler, Karen Anne Parkhill, Fiona Shirani, Karen Henwood, and Nick Pidgeon

Generational Gaps and Paradoxes Regarding Electricity Consumption and Saving
Luísa Schmidt, Ana Horta, Augusta Correia, and Susana Fonseca

Family Dynamics and Social Practice Theories: An Investigation of Daily Practices Related to Food, Mobility, Energy Consumption and Tourism
Françoise Bartiaux and Luis Reátegui Salmón


Volume 9, Issue 3, Winter 2014


Modernity and Medieval Muck
Dolly Jørgensen

Nature Protection Organizations and Climate Change in the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States
William T. Markham and Kris van Koppen

Tragedy or Chivalrous Romance? The Swedish Government and the Baltic Sea Pipeline
Anna-Lisa Sayuli Fransson

Restoration Goals at a Former Military Site: The Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Colorado (USA)
David Havlick, Marion Hourdequin, and Matthew John

Can Indicators Bridge the Gap between Science and Policy? An Exploration into the (Non) use and (Non) Influence of Indicators in EU and UK Policymaking
Léa Sébastien, Tom Bauler, and Markku Lehtonen