Special Issue "ICT Adoption for Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Ewa Ziemba
Guest Editor
Department of Business Informatics and International Accounting, University of Economics in Katowice, Poland
Interests: information systems; sustainable information society; ICT for development; e business; e-government; prosumption; consumer innovation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the development of a Special Issue, “ICT Adoption for Sustainability”. This Special Issue of Sustainability aims to attract world-leading research on how households, companies, and governments adopt information and communication technologies (ICT) for improving various kinds of sustainability, i.e., ecological, economic, social, cultural, and political. Specifically, the Special Issue is addressed to scholars from social sciences, business and management research, finance and economics research, public health, corporate social responsibility and organizational studies who are willing to combine strong theoretical underpinnings and world-class empirical evidence.

Recently, ICT adoption has increasingly been recognized as crucial for growth, human progress and well-being, along with sustainable development (Hilty and Aebischer, 2015; Miller and Atkinson, 2014; Richmond and Triplett, 2018). World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum emphasizes the role of ICT adoption in sustainability, with due regard to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (ITU, 2017, 2018). The concept of sustainable information society has been explored in the global literature for several years (Berleur et al. 2010; Fuchs, 2009, 2017; Hilty and Aebischer, 2015; Hilty and Hercheui 2010; Ziemba, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) as a new phase of information society development in which ICT are becoming key enablers of sustainability. However, some studies assess the relation between ICT adoption and sustainability as ambivalent (Grunwald, 2017). ICT adoption can pose a threat of information and digital exclusion, new social divisions and social stratification, economic diversification, loss of privacy, information and computer crimes (Echeverri and Abels, 2008; Ferro et al., 2010; Tomczyk, 2017).

Because the relation between ICT adoption and sustainability is new, not fully researched, and evolving, there is a growing academic interest in how ICT could be adopted by various society stakeholders for achieving and improving various kinds of sustainability. With this in mind, this Special Issue focuses on studies that demonstrate how companies, governments, households, and other society stakeholders could adopt ICT and achieve ecological, economic, social, cultural, and political sustainability from this adoption.

This Special Issue calls for papers in, but not limited to, the areas listed below:

  • ICT adoption for creating, enabling, and encouraging sustainable production and consumption patterns
  • ICT adoption for sustainable management, sustainable business models, financial sustainability, sustainable marketing, sustainable decision making, and sustainable education
  • Conceptualizing the contribution of ICT adoption to sustainability
  • Case studies and patterns of ICT adoption by households, business, and governments for sustainability
  • Measurement of sustainability and relations between ICT adoption and sustainability
  • Conceptualizing, operationalizing, and verifying a model of sustainable information society
  • Synthetic indexes for measuring a sustainable information society
  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches to digital sustainability
  • Decision support methods for modeling digital sustainability
  • Internet of things, blockchain, bog data, cloud computing, and smart technologies for sustainability
Prof. Ewa Ziemba
Guest Editor

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 1800 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.


  • sustainability
  • ICT adoption
  • sustainable information society
  • digital sustainability
  • sustainability by ICT

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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