Special Issue "Individual and Collective Factors in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Fridanna Maricchiolo
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Guest Editor
Department of Education, University of Roma Tre, 00154 Roma, Italy
Interests: social psychology; people–environment relationships; inter-group processes; wellbeing
Dr. Oriana Mosca
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Guest Editor
Department of Education, Psychology, Philosophy, University of Cagliari, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
Interests: social psychology; health and well-being; people–place relations
Prof. Dr. Davide Marino
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Department of Biosciences and Territory, University of Molise, 86100 Campobasso, Italy
Interests: urban food systems; urban–rural linkages; food systems sustainability policy monitoring and assessment; urban agriculture; food policy councils; participative processes; landscape; ecosystem services
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The United Nations have set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, UN 2030: no poverty, no hunger, good health and well-being, etc.) that require urgent measures from all countries of the world. Some of these goals, i.e., SDG2, SDG3, SDG4, SDG5, SDG11, SDG12, SDG16, can be also achieved with the contribution of individual action or the initiative of people organized in groups, communities or collectives. What are the human actions that can enable the achievement of these goals? These actions, in addition to political decisions or economic interventions, can also concern individual behaviors or involvements by communities, groups or collectives. Many studies in different disciplinary fields are trying to understand which factors of human life have a role in achieving these goals. Research questions could include: which individual or social factors can have an impact on the eradication of poverty or elimination of hunger in the world? What are the individual or collective actions needed to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls? What are people’s and society’s perceptions and motivations to promote good health and well-being? What individual or social interventions ensure inclusive education?

The purpose of this Special Issue is to identify individual psychological or behavioral aspects and collective, social, cultural or group factors which should be investigated to improve the knowledge on how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

This Special Issue aims to present scientific contributions addressing recent empirical and theoretical analysis of the role of individual aspects (e.g., values, motivations, regulatory foci, behaviors) and/or collective factors (e.g., action, orientation, culture, group identity) in the achievement of sustainable development goals.

Therefore, all types of papers are welcome: conceptual, narrative reviews, systematic reviews, intervention evaluations, qualitative and quantitative studies, and correlational and experimental research. The goal is to attract studies that address such issues, both from a general perspective and in relation to specific domains.

Prof. Dr. Fridanna Maricchiolo
Dr. Oriana Mosca
Prof. Dr. Davide Marino
Guest Editors

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 semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • food security and sustainable agriculture
  • health and wellbeing
  • individual and interdependent wellbeing
  • inclusive and equitable quality education
  • gender equality
  • resilient communities
  • sustainable and pro-environmental behaviors
  • peace, justice and strong institutions
  • collective actions
  • individual motives and behaviors
  • social psychology (group identification, inter-group relations)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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