REMINDER! Special issue: Revisiting the role of higher education for sustainable development, September 2022


In alignment with the scope of Perspectives in Education, this special issue will address a contemporary educational issue and stimulate much needed conversation about Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at higher education institutions (HEIs). The importance of Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) intensified with the current global crisis, which goes beyond health concerns. In fact, COVID-19 exposed a variety of vulnerabilities in higher education systems around the globe and showed that short-term plans are futile and only long-term vision can lead to a sustainable future. In addition, the pandemic presented us with a valuable lesson that change is possible and that we can disrupt the business-as-usual approach in the name of a collective wellbeing. In short, status quo was challenged, and we have been offered an opportunity to commit to sustainable development (SD) programmes, projects and practices without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (UN, 1987). 

Recognising an urgency to reflect and re-evaluate vision, mission and initiatives of HEIs, this special issue aims to generate knowledge and promote dialogue about safeguarding a sustainable future with social justice and human rights at the centre. Manuscripts contributing diverse perspectives and covering the following aspects of HESD are welcome: 

  • the role of HESD in post-pandemic world 
  • international approaches towards HESD 
  • drivers and barriers associated with ESD in HEIs 
  • sustainable development competencies of students and staff 
  • preparation of teachers, researchers and citizens able to address global sustainability challenges and pursue sustainable actions and decisions 
  • implementation of SD programmes, projects and practices within HEIs: 
    • sustainable management activities at universities 
    • sustainable campus development initiatives 
    • sustainable research activities and research capacity building 
    • generation and dissemination of knowledge about sustainability 
    • inclusion of sustainability themes in the curriculum of various modules 
    • community engagement projects with SD agenda 

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of approximately 300 words or no more than one page for consideration on the above topics. The guest editors will select from the submitted abstracts and invite authors to submit full manuscripts for possible publication in the special issue. 


  • Conceptual papers are welcome
  • Submission of abstracts close: 08 October 2021. 
  • NO late submissions will be considered 
  • Technical aspects:
    • Arial 11 pt. 
    • 1.5 spacing 
    • Sentence case headings 
    • Please do not underline headings 
    • Bold for emphasis 
  • Submissions that do not conform to the technical aspects will not be considered 
  • NO author details may be visible in the abstract itself o but please indicate ALL authors on the submission in the system 
  • Only submissions received through the OJS platform will be considered o 
  • The guest editors’ decision is final 

Authors are welcome to contact us on should they have any questions, queries or experience any technical difficulties during the submission process.