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Special Issue "Citizen Science and Its Role in Education for Sustainable Development"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023 | Viewed by 2157

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Kremer
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Guest Editor
Institute for Biology Education, Justus Liebig University, 35394 Giessen, Germany
Interests: knowledge, attitudes and practices for ESD in environment and health contexts; inquiry-based learning; nature of science and epistemological beliefs; informal learning
Dr. Maria Peter
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Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Chemistry, Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule University of Applied Sciences, 07745 Jena, Germany
Interests: biodiversity research and conservation; socio-ecological challenges; community and citizen science; environmental and sustainability education; informal learning; science communication

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on the role that community and citizen science (CS) can play in education for sustainable development (ESD).

The United Nations formulated 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (

The UNESCO considers education to be one of the key instruments for achieving the SDGs ( CS is a promising and increasingly popular format, not only as a research tool for gathering large amounts of data, but also as an educational format. CS projects allow the public to be actively involved in genuine scientific research and to directly experience science. Through their practical, hands-on, and participatory nature, CS projects allow their participants to gain new knowledge and skills. Further benefits of participating in CS projects can be positive changes in participants' values, attitudes, and behavior.

This Special Issue aims to bring together papers from all disciplines to illustrate the role that CS has in ESD. We are interested in papers that investigate CS in formal as well as informal education settings, focusing on children, youth, or adults. We welcome papers that explore CS and ESD from the perspectives of project participants, project scientists and staff, and other stakeholders. Individual case studies of CS projects in any field as well as studies across various CS projects on a local, regional or international scale are welcome.

Papers could address, for example:

  • Short-term educational (and other) outcomes as well as long-term impacts;
  • Personal/social/cultural factors that influence (i.e., promote or hinder) potential educational outcomes;
  • Design characteristics of CS projects and their effects on learning outcomes;
  • Methodology (new and innovative methods and tools);
  • Good practices and lessons learned, including null or negative outcomes.

We invite you to contribute to this Special Issue by submitting empirical research articles, theoretical and conceptual papers, or comprehensive reviews.


UNESCO (2017) Education for Sustainable Development Goals. Learning Objectives. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris.

Peter, M., Diekötter, T., Höffler, T., Kremer, K. (2021) Biodiversity citizen science: Outcomes for the participating citizens. People and Nature 3(2): 294–311. DOI: 10.1002/pan3.10193.

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Kremer
Dr. Maria Peter
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.


  • citizen science
  • community science
  • education for sustainable development
  • public participation in scientific research
  • sustainable development goals
  • sustainability education
  • participant outcomes
  • behavior change

Published Papers

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