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Case Studies in the Environment Prize Competition

Case Studies in the Environment is pleased to announce the Fifth annual Case Studies in the Environment Prize Competition, offering a $2,000 prize for best environmental case study, as well as two $500 honorable mention prizes. Deadline for submissions: November 15, 2021. Both the winning case study and honorable mentions will be made freely available to the public for one year following the competition.


Accepted, published articles will be further evaluated for their contribution to teaching environmental concepts to students or practitioners. This includes making the best use of the complement of learning support features that the journal provides, such as Case Study Questions, Teaching Notes, and Slides.

To be eligible for consideration for the prize, submitted pieces to the journal will have to clear our peer review process and be accepted for publication. Winners and honorable mentions are chosen by the Editor-in-Chief with input from members of the editorial team.

All cases submitted by the deadline on November 15, 2021 and later accepted for publication (including those submitted prior to this announcement), and which were not considered for previous CSE prize competitions, are eligible for the 2021 prize, except for any cases written by members of the editorial team, editorial board, or their family members.


University of California faculty and staff, while welcome to participate in the competition, are ineligible for the cash prizes, but may opt to receive an award of UC Press books of equal value in lieu of cash payment. For multi-authored articles, payment will be made to the primary author or another single author designated by the primary author.


To enter, follow our guidance for Article Cases as outlined in our Author Information. Manuscript templates are provided within the Author Information for your convenience. Be sure to submit your Article Case no later than November 15, 2021. Winners will be notified in spring 2022, or sooner if all eligible entries have reached final decision. All entries should be submitted via our online submission system. Questions can be directed to Liba Hladik, Managing Editor, at


The Case for Case Studies in Confronting Environmental Issues

Wil Burns, Editor-in-Chief, Case Studies in the Environment


Pursuing the Promise of Case Studies for Sustainability and Environmental Education: Converging Initiatives

Cynthia A. Wei, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center 

Minna Brown, Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies 

Meghan Wagner, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan


2020 First Prize article:

Stakeholders Reach Consensus in Troubled Waters: Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, Southeastern USA

Kathleen Rugel, Independent Scholar and Writer, Georgia (USA)


2020 Honorable Mention article:

Saving ‘Ōhi‘a: A Case Study on the Influence of Human Behavior on Ecological Degradation Through an Examination of Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death and Its Impacts on the Hawaiian Islands

Dayna Martinez, Center for Conservation Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Grafton, MA (USA)

Elena M. I. Duran, Center for Conservation Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Grafton, MA (USA)

Natalie Bauer, Center for Conservation Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Grafton, MA (USA)


2020 Honorable Mention article:

Challenges and Opportunities for Communicating Lead Exposure Risks in Idaho’s Silver Valley

Courtney Marie Cooper, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID (USA)

Madeline Sarah Goebel, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID (USA)

Valerie Therese Wade, Panhandle Health District, Kellogg, ID (USA)

Chloe Bradley Wardropper, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID (USA)


2019 First Prize article:

The Spatially Explicit Water Footprint of Blue Jeans: Spatial Methods in Action for Sustainable Consumer Products and Corporate Management of Water

Robert O. Vos, Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California (USA)

Professor Vos’s article is part of the special collection Case Studies from the Spatial Sciences.


2019 Honorable Mention article:

Using Concepts from the Study of Social Movements to Understand Community Response to Liquefied Natural Gas Development in Clatsop County, Oregon

Trang Tran, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska, Anchorage (USA)

Casey L. Taylor, Energy and Environmental Policy Program, University of Delaware, Newark (USA)

Hilary S. Boudet, School of Public Policy, Oregon State University, Corvallis (USA)

Keith Baker, Department of Public Administration, SUNY College at Brockport (USA)

Holly L. Peterson, School of Public Policy, Oregon State University, Corvallis (USA)


2019 Honorable Mention article:

Improving the Resilience of Water Resources after Wildfire through Collaborative Watershed Management: A Case Study from Colorado

Kyle Blount, Hydrologic Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (USA)

Adrianne Kroepsch, Hydrologic Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (USA)


2018 First Prize article:

Pluralizing Science for Inclusive Water Governance: An Engaged Ethnographic Approach to WaSH Data Collection in Delhi, India

Heather O’Leary, Departments of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Anthropology, University of South Florida (USA)

Professor O’Leary’s article is part of a special collection on Water Science and Collaboration. You can read more from the author in her related blog post, “Engaging Science for Inclusive Water Governance: A Q&A with environmental anthropologist Heather O’Leary.”


2018 Honorable Mention article:

The Food-Energy-Water Nexus, Regional Sustainability, and Hydraulic Fracturing: An Integrated Assessment of the Denver Region

Sonya Ahamed, Joshua Sperling, Gillian Galford, Jennie C. Stephens and Douglas Arent


2018 Honorable Mention article:

Using a Community Vote for Wind Energy Development Decision-Making in King Island, Tasmania

R.M. Colvin, G. Bradd Witt and Justine Lacey


2017 First Prize article:

Evaluating Community Engagement and Benefit-Sharing Practices in Australian Wind Farm Development

Nina Lansbury Hall, University of Queensland, Australia

Jarra Hicks, University of New South Wales, and Community Power Agency, Australia

Taryn Lane, Embark

Emily Wood, independent communications contractor


2017 Honorable Mention article:

Community-Based Watershed Restoration in He‘eia (He‘eia ahupua‘a), O‘ahu, Hawaiian Islands

Holly V. Campbell, Oregon State University  A.M. Campbell, Catalina Island Marine Institute


2017 Honorable Mention article:

Environmental Impact Assessments and Hydraulic Fracturing: Lessons from Two U.S. States

Miriam R. Aczel, Imperial College London

Karen E. Makuch, Imperial College London


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