H. Buttel International Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Environmental
Frederick H. Buttel International Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Environmental Sociology: An award of the Research Committee Environment and Society (RC24) of the International Sociological Association (ISA), established March 17, 2005
The international award is intended for outstanding contributions
of scholars to the study of environment-society relations during
the four years since the last call for nominations.
Recipients of the Frederick H. Buttel International Award for Distinguished
Scholarship in Environmental Sociology will receive a certificate
or plaque that will be handed to the recipient, after reading the
summary of the Award Committee report in public at an appropriate
RC24 meeting at the ISA World Congress.
Any sociologist or social scientist, whether or not being a member
of the research committee and/or ISA, is eligible. Award Committee
members are not eligible to receive the award.
Nominations can be made by any member of ISA and/or of RC24 (including
Award Committee members), but have to be supported by at least two
other members of RC24 and/or ISA. Nominations must include the name
of the nominee, a CV, the list of publications on which the nomination
is based, and a cover letter that provides a rationale for the nomination.
The Award Committee may actively solicit nominations, and will also
encourage RC24 members and other ISA members to nominate scholars.
As the Award focuses on international contributions of scholars
to the study of environment-society relations, questions of accessibility
for the international community are important considerations. This
means that nominees must have published in one or more of the major
languages used by the international academic community, or have
had their work translated in any of these major languages (a reasonable
expectation for an international Award). The Award Committee will
take into account the possible disadvantage if nominees are not
publishing in their mother language.
An Award Committee will be responsible for the selection process.
Every four years just before the time of the ISA World Congress
- the Board of RC24 will establish an Award Committee; the Board
will also appoint the Chairperson of the Award Committee. The Award
Committee will consist of at least three but preferably five members,
of which at least one is also member of the incoming Board of RC24.
The Award Committee should have an diverse geographical representation
and be able to cover the main languages (either by themselves or
via their networks).
The Award Committee will
write a report describing its activities and the rationale for the
selection of the winner of the award. The Award Committee may also
make recommendations for improving the procedures and functioning
of the Award process. The report is submitted to the Board of RC24
and, if it introduces recommendations for procedural changes, to
the Executive Committee of the ISA. The Board of RC24 has to approve
the winner of the Award, but will consider only the adequacy of
the procedures and their conformity with ISA and RC24 policies.
A summary of the report will be publicly available, and published
on the RC24 website and in its newsletter.
The Award will consist of a certificate/plaque and the announcement
of the Award winner in ISA and RC24 communication media. No monetary
prize is linked to this award; however, award winners from ISA's
B and C category countries will be entitled to RC24 financial assistance
for travelling to the World Congress.
Neither RC24 nor the ISA
will reimburse the Award Committee for costs it incurs, except that
RC24 may reimburse the expenses of obtaining the publications of
the nominated scholars in the most cost-efficient way.
The Award will be given once every four years and the winner will
be announced publicly at the ISA World Congress, during one of the
RC24 sessions or a special awards event.
Calls for nominations
will be made public at least two years before the ISA World Congress.
Nominations will close no later than one year before the ISA World
Congress, and the Award Committee will report its selection no later
than eight months in advance of the ISA World Congress, in order
to provide ample time for the RC24 Board to approve the recommendation
of the winner before the World Congress and for the recipient to
make plans to attend the World Congress.
To the knowledge of the RC24 Board no comparable international awards
exist in the field of environmental sociology. Some national associations
or sections of national associations, have awards for environmental
social scientists or environmental sociologists. These are, however,
typically restricted to scholars from that national community.