Community, the Environment, and Social Justice



This special issue brings together authors working in the field of criminology and related disciplines that explore the intersection of the environment and communities. Papers in the special issue will highlight the links between the community, the natural environment and social justice issues and concerns.  In some cases, social justice concerns will involve the crime and criminal justice systems. More specifically, examinations of how at the community level, the natural environment is connected to crime, causes of crime, and/or how the environment can be used in the rehabilitation or desistance of offending. 
This special addition will bring together a collection of established and early career scholars working on the frontlines of these issues. By drawing on a broad range of topics that span across community and the environment/green criminology/environmental sociology disciplines, we will showcase the diversity and interdisciplinary nature of research in this area.  

List of topic areas:

Desistence from crime based on environmental interventions; community-environment interactions, including solutions to community problems for marginalized communities; changing land use in communities and its repercussions; community-based solutions to marginalized groups within the community; the impact of locally undesirable land uses on communities; the role of local government and institutions in creating safer communities for all citizens; risk perceptions and trust among marginalized groups and how they relate to views of community resources and infrastructure; and related topics

Guest Editors

Ruth E. McKie, De Montfort University, UK, [email protected]

Michael A. Long, Oklahoma State University, USA, [email protected]

Paul B. Stretesky, Northumbria University, UK, [email protected]

Submissions Information:

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see:

Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ““Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key deadlines:

Opening date: 25/04/2023
Closing date: 15/08/2023    
Closing date for abstract submission: 01/02/2023    
Email for submissions: [email protected]