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Special Issue "Youth Action for a Sustainable Future"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 December 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Tatek Abebe

Coordinator of Nordic Network of African Childhood and Youth Research, Norwegian Centre for Child Research, Norwegian University of Sciences and Technology (NTNU), N-7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Interests: geographies of children and youth; young people and local knowledge; children and social reproduction; development and social change in Africa; poverty; rural and urban transformations; orphanhood and the social impacts of AIDS; Life-course perspectives; qualitative methodologies; participatory ethics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Although youth constitute a demographic majority in the world, our knowledge of their diverse views about the environment as well as lived experiences, capacities and agency for positive social change is limited. A small body of available research on/with youth have presented and called for a contextualized yet holistic understanding of the social, cultural, economic, political and ecological dimensions of youth’s environments. The proposed special volume of Sustainability attempts to redress this caveat, and seeks contributions that highlight the challenges youth face and their role in sustaining the future of the environments they live in. How do youth in diverse parts of the world experience and strive to improve the sustainability of their local environments? How do interrelated processes of local-global transformations shape and are shaped by young people’s everyday actions? Empirically grounded, policy-focused and/or and theoretical papers that explore the multiple faces of sustainability as it is linked to young people’s engagements are welcome. Possible topics for papers may include but are not limited to:

  • youth and sustainable development
  • youth’s knowledge of the local environment, and the future
  • youth, urbanization socio-economic transformations
  • youth involvement in community projects
  • youth activism for environmental justice
  • youth and access to resources (land, employment etc)
  • youth perspectives on housing and shelter
  • youth, ecology and livelihoods
  • youth and social inclusion/exclusion
  • interrelated spheres of youth participation

Dr. Tatek Abebe
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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