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Special Issue "Investigation and Research of Sustainable Innovation in Built Environment"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Building".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 23 October 2023 | Viewed by 110

Special Issue Editors

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Interests: sustainability; wellbeing; environmental psychology; pro-environmental behavior
Dr. Katarina Babnik
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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Interests: organizational behavior; consumer psychology; sustainable behavior

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable innovation is a multifaceted concept increasingly embedded in interdisciplinary research on the relationship between people, the environment, and society. Sustainable innovation creates new living conditions to promote sustainable development at four levels: individual, society, environment, and economic development. This process is not limited to technological change but includes changes in processes, operational practices, social and environmental models, business systems, and individual lives. The question is whether all so-called sustainable innovations contribute to human well-being while respecting the world's natural resources and regenerative capacity.

In this Special Issue, we start from the premise that the concept of sustainable innovation opens a new research paradigm on the development of humans, society, the economy, and the environment. This paradigm challenges the traditional and neoliberal ways that have prioritized production and consumption, competition, the free market, and the over-individualization of the individual over concern for a clean environment, health, well-being, decent work, and the right to education. We state that it spreads out from the grounds of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by all UN member states as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are therefore interested in the extent to which sustainable innovation processes contribute to the SDGs' achievement, how they fit into the built environment, and how they relate to the promotion of social, economic, human, and environmental well-being.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Sustainable innovation as a new psychosocial, environmental, and economic paradigm
  • Sustainable innovation concepts and approaches to the interdisciplinarity of sustainable innovation
  • Sustainable innovation and environmental, social, economic, and individual growth
  • The role of sustainable innovation in the built environment
  • Sustainable innovation and sustainable well-being
  • Policies vis à vis sustainable innovation
  • Case studies of sustainable innovation in the built environment
  • Investments that improve sustainable innovation processes in the built environment

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Darja Kobal Grum
Dr. Katarina Babnik
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 2200 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 innovation
  • sustainable wellbeing
  • sustainable growth
  • built environment
  • human behavior
  • policies
  • investments

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