Special Issue "The Role of Universities in Regional Transitions towards Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2021).
Interests: Institute of Geography and Geology, Chair of Economic and Social Geography, University of Greifswald, Germany
Interests: regional planning and development; spatial planning; sustainable regional development, role of universities in (sustainable) regional development, organizational learning and institutional change processes
The transition of sociotechnical systems towards sustainability has been studied comprehensively based on the multilevel perspective. Universities and other public research organizations have been identified, by this literature, as an important change agent for sustainability transitions. Besides numerous investigations of the incorporation of sustainability into the structure of universities, scientific research into their real impact on sustainable development is still in its infancy. We therefore identify the need to better understand the interdependence between agency of universities and, in particular, the emergence of transition paths from a spatial perspective. The agency of universities in their specific regional context is usually related to their so-called ‘third mission’. It is exercised by activities of individual scientists and organizational strategies in research, teaching, and the operation of the university itself. Universities thereby come into effect in the course of regional sustainability transitions based on a wide variety of forms and multiscalar actor constellations.
This Special Issue aims to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to contribute to the theoretical and practical understanding of the role of universities in regional transitions towards sustainability. We welcome all researchers from relevant domains to submit papers that address the overarching concerns including, but not limited to:
- The interdependence between universities and the emergence of regional transition paths towards sustainability;
- Application of the multilevel perspective to understand the role of universities in regional sustainability transitions;
- The positioning of universities within multiactor strategies for sustainability at the regional level;
- Drivers and barriers within universities for establishing regional change agency towards sustainability;
- Transition processes within universities that aim at increasing their ability to contribute to sustainable regional development and at creating sustainable universities.
Prof. Dr. Daniel Schiller
Dr. Verena Radinger-Peer
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.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 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 regional development
- universities and regional development
- university–industry linkages
- third mission
- change agents
- geography of sustainability transitions
- transition of sociotechnical systems
- regional transition paths towards sustainability
- sustainable universities
- science for sustainable development
- multilevel perspective