Sustainability is a multidimensional issue that requires a transformation related to a more complex and holistic understanding of the world. In this process, education and educational institutions have a key role because they have a strong influence on the way that people understand the world, its connections and the relationship between human beings, organisations and environment. In this sense, universities seem to be appropriate places to promote innovation, change and learning at both individual and organisational levels.
In recent decades, changes have taken place in education institutions in different areas and at different levels to address sustainability. In relation to this, some questions can be asked. How are universities dealing with the challenge of introducing sustainability? What changes and innovations have taken place in management at universities to introduce sustainability and to promote its insertion into different courses? How are they working to encompass the interests of different stakeholders? How are different areas and university programmes introducing sustainability-related issues? What has been done to promote interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity?
Therefore, this special issue aims to present research and discussions about what is being done and what can be done in universities and in different courses to lead to a sustainable world. It opens space for the emergence of new solutions that are required to deal with issues related to sustainability. We seek both theoretical and empirical papers that could contribute to this discussion. We are especially interested in discussions about sustainable strategies and ways to promote transformation and deep change processes in educational institutions.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- University strategies for sustainability
- New perspectives on management and education for sustainability at universities
- The role of campuses, curriculums and community in sustainability
- Integration with stakeholders at universities
- Dialogic processes and sustainability at universities
- Innovation, empowerment and sustainability at universities
- Ways to promote transformation and deep change
- Innovative research and practice in teaching, thinking and learning about sustainability
- Alternative educational approaches for sustainability
- Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches for sustainability
Submission of manuscripts: 1 June, 2014
Notification to authors: 30 September, 2014
Final versions due: 30 November, 2014