Special Issue "Sustainable Development Goals in Tertiary Education for Sustainability"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Kerstin Sonesson
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Guest Editor
Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science, University of South-Eastern Norway, Notodden, Norway
Interests: education for sustainable development; environmental education; higher education for sustainable development; partnership for the SDGs; science education; student active learning methods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were agreed to by the UN General Assembly in 2015, capacity-building has been recognized as one of the means of implementation for the achievement of global sustainability. Tertiary education is certainly important in this context. Higher education institutions across all subject areas are engaged, through education, research, and regional and international partnerships. Educators and researchers have taken innovative steps towards improving education regarding sustainability challenges by implementing ambitious transitions in higher education, developing pedagogical skills and experience, and gained in-depth knowledge and expertise. However, there is a need for increased knowledge sharing, exchange, and reflection.

With this Special Issue, Sustainable Development Goals in Tertiary Education for Sustainability, we aim to promote the exchange of research on education experience and insights in this important field of knowledge on a global scale. We invite theoretical and research-based contributions, case studies, and critical views on the practice competence-building in higher education regarding Agenda 2030, on a local, regional, or global scale.

This Issue, with a selection of papers focusing on Sustainable Development Goals in Tertiary Education for Sustainability, will strongly contribute to existing experience and knowledge. Therefore, I encourage you to submit articles and contribute to this Special Issue of Sustainability.


Albareda-Tiana, S.; Vidal-Raméntol, S.; Mónica Fernández-Morilla, M. Implementing the sustainable development goals at University level International. Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 2018, 19(3), 473–497, doi:10.1108/IJSHE-05-2017-0069

Chaleta, E.; Saraiva, M.; Leal, F.; Fialho, I.; Borralho, A. Higher Education and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)—Potential Contribution of the Undergraduate Courses of the School of Social Sciences of the University of Évora. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1828, doi:10.3390/su13041828

Heleta, S.; Bagus, T. Sustainable development goals and higher education: leaving many behind. Higher Education 2021, 81, 163–177, doi:10.1007/s10734-020-00573-8.

Perales Franco, C.; McCowan, T. Rewiring higher education for the Sustainable Development Goals: the case of the Intercultural University of Veracruz, Mexico. Higher Education 2021, 81, 69–88, doi:10.1007/s10734-020-00525-2.

Purcell, W. M.; Henriksen, H.; Spengler, J. D. Universities as the engine of transformational sustainability toward delivering the sustainable development goals: “Living labs” for sustainability. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 2019, 20(8), 1343–1357, doi:10.1108/IJSHE-02-2019-0103.

Purushothaman, P. P.; Abhilash, C. From piecemeal to holistic: Introducing sustainability science in Indian Universities to attain UN-Sustainable Development Goals. Journal of Cleaner Production 2020, 247, doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.119133.

Rebelatto, B. G.; Salvia, A. L.; Reginatto, G.; Daneli, R. C.; Brandli, L. L. Energy efficiency actions at a Brazilian university and their contribution to sustainable development Goal 7.  International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 2019, 20(5), 842-855, doi:10.1108/IJSHE-01-2019-0023.

Sáez de Cámara, E.; Fernández, I.; Castillo-Eguskitza, N. A Holistic Approach to Integrate and Evaluate Sustainable Development in Higher Education. The Case Study of the University of the Basque Country. Sustainability 2021, 13, 392, doi:10.3390/su13010392.

Dr. Kerstin Sonesson
Guest Editor

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  • competencies for sustainable development
  • education for sustainable development
  • higher education
  • sustainability
  • sustainable development goals
  • tertiary education
  • 21st century skills

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