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The Role of Physical Activity in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Health, Well-Being and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2024) | Viewed by 938

Special Issue Editors

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1. Department of Health, Physical and Social Education, Lithuanian Sports University, LT-44221 Kaunas, Lithuania
2. Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Health Sciences, Vilnius University, LT-03101 Vilnius, Lithuania
Interests: physical activity; physical fitness; psychosocial determinants of health-related behavior; social capital; sustainability-related attitudes

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Faculty of Educational Sciences, Goce Delcev University, 2000 Stip, North Macedonia
Interests: physical education; PE teacher education; quality PE; physical activity; physical activity and healthy living in children; motor development; sport pedagogy; physical activity in leisure time

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Department of Physical and Social Education, Lithuanian Sports University, LT-44221 Kaunas, Lithuania
Interests: health literacy; physical activity; physical education; children and youth moral behavior in sport

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is aimed to collect papers that provide new evidence of the benefits of physical activity for sustainable development. As physical activity is confirmed to be related to almost every UNESCO Sustainability Goal, there is a broad field of research open for different perspectives, such as psychological, sociological, public health, physiological, educational, and others. Papers highlighting potential or synergies between physical activity and sustainability in any cross-sectional, longitudinal, experimental studies are welcomed, as well as reviews and papers on research methods. Although physical activity is acknowledged as an essential actor of sustainable development, gaps remain on how and what sustainable development problems physical activity could solve. We invite you to present your recent analysis on links between physical activity and sustainable development goals, such as good health and well-being, quality education, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, and others in many aspects and in different populations.

Further, in order for research to make an impact for further sustainable development, to provide evidence-based recommendations for policymakers and implementers, to develop interventions, there is a need for a deeper and broader understanding of factors that are predicting sustainability-related physical activity itself on the individual, interpersonal, organizational, or policy levels.

We encourage you to contribute research for consideration for publication in Sustainability, an international open access journal that provides an advanced forum for research findings in areas related to sustainability and sustainable development.

Dr. Brigita Miežienė
Dr. Biljana Popeska
Prof. Dr. Saulius Šukys
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at 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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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 semimonthly 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 2400 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.


  • sustainable development
  • sustainable healthy lifestyles
  • physical activity and active transportation
  • sustainability-related attitudes
  • ecologically sustainable physical activity

Published Papers

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