Campus Sustainability & Social Sciences

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Call for Papers
November 15, 2014

Universities and colleges have been among the leading places where sustainability is promoted on campus and beyond.  The social sciences can offer a variety of valuable insights into how to enhance a broad range of these efforts at higher education institutions: from supporting recycling, waste reduction, water and energy conservation, renewable energy and alternative transportation use, sustainable food procurement, and green building construction to fostering a sustainability culture. 

This special issue aims to present contemporary, state-of-the-art applications of how social science theories, models, and findings can help overcome campus sustainability challenges – and – to illustrate the diversity of social science campus sustainability research conducted across the world.

Papers are sought from a range of social sciences including but not limited to anthropology, communication, economics, education, geography, psychology, political science, and sociology.  Interdisciplinary social science contributions are welcome as well.

Manuscripts may consist of:

  • Research syntheses of a particular campus sustainability challenge from the perspective of single or multiple social science disciplines.
  • Conceptual and theoretical frameworks illustrating how individual or multiple social science disciplines can contribute to enhancing campus sustainability.
  • Empirical campus sustainability research based on quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods, addressing and illustrating the benefits of drawing on the social sciences.
  • Evaluations of campus sustainability programs based on social science research.
  • Case studies of campus sustainability programs examined through the lens of a single or multiple social science disciplines.

Information and Instructions for submissions:

Prospective authors should submit an abstract of around 500 words, outlining the proposed manuscript, directly to the guest editor ( by 15th November  2014.

If selected for inclusion by the guest editor, potential authors will be requested to submit the first draft of the manuscript by 15th February 2015 via ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access is available at: . To ensure that the manuscript is correctly identified for inclusion in the special issue, when asked to select the type of issue, please select “Campus Sustainability & Social Sciences” from the dropdown list. 

Author guidelines must be followed and can be found on the journal web site at:

Draft manuscripts will be reviewed by the guest editor and at least two independent referees for double blind review, after which submissions may be recommended for revisions and further review, acceptance or rejection.

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be submitted for consideration for publication elsewhere, while under review for this journal.

Guest Editor contact details:

Associate Professor Michaela Zint
School of Natural Resources & Environment,
School of Education,
College of Literature, Science & the Arts
University of Michigan, USA