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Academic Flying and the Means of Communication

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  • Provides the first and only volume to collect and consolidate current research on academic aeromobility
  • Uncovers the mechanisms that have made flying seem necessary to the academic enterprise
  • Offers research-based proposals for how to reduce academia’s reliance on flying
  • Reflects on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed or might change attitudes towards air travel

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Table of contents (13 chapters)


About this book

This open access book shines a light on how and why academic work became entwined with air travel, and what can be done to change academia’s flying habit. The starting point of the book is that flying is only one means of scholarly communication among many, and that the state of the planet now obliges us to shift to other means. How can the academic-as-globetrotter become a thing of the past? The chapters in this book respond to this call in three steps. It documents the consequences of academic flying, it investigates the issue of why academics fly, and it begins an effort to think through what can replace flying, and how. Finally, it confronts scholars and scientists, students, activists, research funders, university administrators, and others, with a call to translate this research into action.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

    Kristian Bjørkdahl, Adrian Santiago Franco Duharte

About the editors

Kristian Bjørkdahl is a rhetoric scholar at the University of Oslo. He currently does research on the organization of science communication work, and on how the idea of Nordic colonial innocence is used rhetorically. He has been editor or co-editor of several volumes, including Pandemics, Publics, and Politics (Palgrave, 2019).

Adrian Santiago Franco Duharte is a lawyer pursuing postgraduate study at the University of Oslo. He has experience from public-private partnerships, social and environmental dispute resolution, and infrastructure projects. He is currently conducting research on the role of social media communication in environmental disasters.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Academic Flying and the Means of Communication

  • Editors: Kristian Bjørkdahl, Adrian Santiago Franco Duharte

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-4910-3Published: 21 December 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-16-4913-4Published: 21 December 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-4911-0Published: 01 January 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 365

  • Number of Illustrations: 11 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Geography, Sociology, general, Research Methods in Education, Science and Technology Studies, Media and Communication

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