Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development
A section of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
The psychology of sustainability and sustainable development (Di Fabio, 2017a, 2017b; Di Fabio and Rosen, 2018) constitutes a new research area in the field of Sustainability Science. It contributes to sustainability issues by introducing a psychological perspective and promoting the trans-disciplinary framework at the basis of Sustainability Science. Steadily setting up the psychology of sustainability and sustainable development as a research area, rather than one that only presents sporadic contributions (and often only as theoretical reflections), means recognizing and mixing the worth of psychology and the psychological approach in the construction of processes associated with sustainability and sustainable development. This is mainly significant in terms of environmental sustainability and sustainable development in relation to the natural environment, as psychological processes are often concerned in environmental decisions and behavior as well as in developing and establishing a culture of sustainability regarding the natural environment. In fact, many of the related decisional and behavioral processes are corroborated mostly by internal psychological processes within the individual. Giving the right value to these processes asks that they be studied and understood better. The innovative psychological research perspective comprehend in the psychology of sustainability and sustainable development is essential for that. This perspective could permit one to also advance psychological contributions to the concrete answers to each of the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations, 2018), which extend to 2030 and which are of vital importance for the world and humanity.
The psychology of sustainability and sustainable development represents new research area in the field of psychology. Answering to sustainability issues introducing psychological contributions means both to enhance the trans-disciplinary perspective and to enlarge the concept of sustainability through this innovative perspective. It also means to overcome a perspective exclusively based on the ecological and socio-economic environment, thus seeking to improve the quality of life of each human being with and in the environments. This approach overcomes the traditional framework based on the three “Es” (economy, equity, and ecology) and the traditional definition of sustainability centered on “avoiding” something, in terms of exploitation, depletion, and irreversible alteration. It introduces, on the contrary, a new definition based on the “promotion” of something, where the new keywords are enrichment, growth, and flexible change. The psychology of sustainability and sustainable development also introduces a new axis of psychological reflection on what is really sustainable for individuals in particular environments (natural, personal, social, and organizational) and for the environment/environments too. The psychology of sustainability and sustainable development enhances the sustainability of interpersonal and intrapersonal talent as well as of groups and communities, including aspects of reflexivity, meaning, purpose, and flourishing for the sustainability of projects harmonizing the different perspectives in relation to the environment/environments. It asks for a wide and complex vision, from personal careers and life projects to projects regarding natural, social, and organizational environments. Its mission is offering contributions to promote effective and sustainable well-being for individuals and environments from a psychological research perspective.
This section is focused on the innovative contribution that psychology can make to the theme of sustainability and sustainable development. It focuses on both healthy and safe environments, and the promotion of well-being and the quality of life of individuals within and in different environments. Its scope is to offer a framework of the current state-of-the-art of theories, and report research on the new topic of the psychology of sustainability and sustainable development, opening new challenges of research and intervention. Its purpose is to collect and present innovative reflections and results of empirical research on this theme.
The psychology of sustainability and the sustainable development perspective could yield contributions from a preventive perspective, perhaps by implementing research and interventions from a primarily preventative perspective (Di Fabio and Kenny, 2015, 2016; Hage et al., 2007; Kenny and Hage, 2009) and also from a secondary prevention and tertiary prevention. Focusing on crucial psychological aspects to concretely progress towards sustainability and sustainable development preventively will be another important challenge.
The psychology of sustainability and sustainable development is thus focused on different environments from the natural environment, the personal environment, the social environment, the organizational environment, and the inter-organizational environment, to the globalized environment and the virtual environment. Opening the black box of psychological processes in the science of sustainability and sustainable development will be the main aim of the new research area distinguishing this section.
Prof. Annamaria Di Fabio
- Di Fabio, A. (2017). The psychology of sustainability and sustainable development for well-being in organizations. In G. Arcangeli, G. Giorgi, N. Mucci, J.-L. Bernaud, & A. Di Fabio (Eds.), Emerging and re-emerging organizational features, work transitions and occupational risk factors: The good, the bad, the right. An interdisciplinary perspective. Research Topic in Frontiers in Psychology. Organizational Psychology, 8, 1534. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01534
- Di Fabio, A. (Ed.) (in preparation). Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development. Special Issue in Sustainability MDPI.
- Di Fabio, A., & Kenny, M. E. (2018). Connectedness to Nature, Personality Traits and Empathy from a Sustainability Perspective. Current Psychology. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-018-0031-4
- Di Fabio, A., & Rosen, M. A. (2018). Opening the Black Box of Psychological Processes in the Science of Sustainable Development: A New Frontier. European Journal of Sustainable Development Research, 2(4), 47. https://doi.org/10.20897/ejosdr/3933
Following special issues within this section are currently open for submissions:
- Multivariate Analysis on Adolescent and Juvenile Psychology and Sustainable Education (Deadline: 31 March 2021)
- Sustainable Behavior of the Family Business: New Contributions Using Psychological lens (Deadline: 31 March 2021)
- Wellbeing in Education, Career, and Work: Current Contributions from Emotional Intelligence and other Non-Cognitive Constructs to the Psychology of Sustainability (Deadline: 31 March 2021)
- The Factor Time in Research on Sustainable Employability?: Results of Theory-Based Organizational Research (Deadline: 1 April 2021)
- Working during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic (Deadline: 15 April 2021)
- Inclusive Access to Outdoor Environments and Links between Landscape and Health (Deadline: 15 April 2021)
- Cognition and Education: How to Create a Sustainable Bridge (Deadline: 20 April 2021)
- Occupational Health and Safety Interventions for a Sustainable Working Environment (Deadline: 30 April 2021)
- Urban Landscape and Infrastructure for Mental Health and Wellbeing (Deadline: 30 April 2021)
- Workplace Flexibility and Engagement towards Employee’s Well-Being and Sustainable Behavior (Deadline: 30 April 2021)
- Rethinking the Subjective Wellbeing for a New Workplace Scenario (Deadline: 30 April 2021)
- A Sustainability Perspective on Office Environment Influence on Employees and Organizations (Deadline: 1 May 2021)
- The Cognitive Psychology of Environmental Sustainability (Deadline: 15 May 2021)
- Exploring Global Environmentalism: Environmental Identity, Belief, and Pro-environmental Behaviors (Deadline: 31 May 2021)
- Vocational Design for a Sustainable and Inclusive Future: The Role of Career Adaptability, Self-Determination, and Other Positive Dimensions (Deadline: 31 May 2021)
- Views of Self and Nature: Implications for Pro-environmental Beliefs and Behaviors, Self-Transcendent Emotions, and Sustainability Practices (Deadline: 15 June 2021)
- Gender Issues in Sport and Leisure Activities (Deadline: 30 June 2021)
- Psychological Benefits of Walking or Staying in Forest Areas (Deadline: 30 June 2021)
- Youth Climate Activism and Sustainable Civic and Political Engagement (Deadline: 30 June 2021)
- The Social Psychology of Climate Change: New Challenges for a Healthier and More Sustainable World (Deadline: 30 June 2021)
- Sustained Change in ADHD: Interventions and Variables That Lead to Durable Improvements in Symptoms and Quality of Life (Deadline: 30 June 2021)
- Human-Robot Interaction, Wellbeing, and Stress Management (Deadline: 14 July 2021)
- New Perspectives on the Role of Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Regulation (Deadline: 21 July 2021)
- When Are Organizations Sustainable? Well-Being and Discomfort in Working Contexts: Old and New Forms of Malaise (Deadline: 23 July 2021)
- Sustainable Careers and Flourishing Organizations (Deadline: 30 July 2021)
- Public Perception of Air Pollution: International Perspectives (Deadline: 31 July 2021)
- What Influences an Individual's Pro-environmental Behavior? (Deadline: 31 July 2021)
- From Grassroots to Global: An Exploration of New Paradigms and Practices in Visitor Behaviors and Wildlife Conservation (Deadline: 15 August 2021)
- Strategies for Coping With Daily Stress and Related Educational and Psychosocial Factors (Deadline: 15 August 2021)
- Sustainable Investment: Consequences for Psychological Well-Being (Deadline: 31 August 2021)
- Sustainable Work Motivation: Increasing Productivity, Work Satisfaction, and Employees' Well-Being (Deadline: 31 August 2021)
- Rethinking Work: Organizing People for Sustainability and Well-Being at Work (Deadline: 30 September 2021)
- Influence of Different Intelligence(s) on Teaching-Learning and Academic Achievement (Deadline: 17 October 2021)
- Occupational Mental Health. (Deadline: 31 October 2021)
- Migrant Health and Quality of Life (Deadline: 15 November 2021)
- Promoting Sustainable Work Environments through Diversity and Inclusion (Deadline: 30 November 2021)
- Interpersonal Violence and Sustainable Development Goals (Deadline: 30 November 2021)
- Current Issues in Behavior Analysis and Consumer Psychology (Deadline: 1 December 2021)
- Employability and career success in times of COVID-19 (Deadline: 31 December 2021)
- Anti-racism and the Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development (Deadline: 31 December 2021)
- Negotiating Sustainability: The Role of Joint, Interactive Decision-Making Processes towards Sustainable Solutions (Deadline: 31 December 2021)
- Improving Pro-Environmental Behavior through Multidisciplinary Approaches (Deadline: 28 February 2022)
- Sustainable Decisions and Behavior in an Algorithm Driven Economy (Deadline: 30 June 2022)