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Work Based & Vocational Education as Catalysts for Sustainable Development

Special issue call for papers from Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning

Over a decade ago, the United Nations' established the Principles of Responsible Management Education initiative to prompt a radical overhaul of how responsibility, ethics and sustainability are treated in higher education. By 2017, evidence suggests little as has changes, and there remain urgent calls at the highest levels of the United Nations' for higher education to help promote responsibility, ethics and sustainability in education. At the same time, evidence also suggests that forms of work based and vocational education can have transformative impacts in relation to working towards some of the sustainable development goals, such as climate literacy and reduced inequalities.

This unique and important Special Issue will collect a diverse range of papers from the contexts of work based and vocational education forms to help review the progress we are making towards the sustainable development goals, including innovative and emerging models, and to pinpoint future possibilities. The ultimate goal is to promote awareness of this agenda in the context of work based and vocation education. Papers might address:

- How to integrate responsibility, ethics and sustainability into work-based higher and/or vocational forms of education or reflective practices.
- Infusing responsibility, ethics and sustainability into reflective practices.
- Innovative pedagogies of work based learning which promote humanistic and holistic forms of learning, or which promote the interrelatedness of humans to other people and/or the planet.
- The challenges, tensions, dilemmas or integrating responsibility, ethics and sustainability into work-based higher and/or vocational forms of education or reflective practices.
- How work based learning can stimulate changes within educational or other organisational settings, or facilitate transformational change.

It is expected that submissions might take the broad area of responsibility, ethics and sustainability in the context of work based or vocational education. Alternatively, authors may decide to focus in on specific dimensions of responsibility, ethics and sustainability - we encourage specific reference to any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the context of work based learning or vocational education, such as (in broad terms):

1 - End poverty in all its forms, everywhere
2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition
3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages
4 - Ensure equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all
8 - Promote sustained and inclusive employment, and decent work for all
9 - Build resilient infrastructure and foster innovation
10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries
11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
12 - Ensure responsible and sustainable production and consumption
13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
14 - Conserve the oceans, seas and marine resources
15 - Protect and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems (including biodiversity)
16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies and accountable institutions
17 - Strengthen the means of implementation through global partnerships

Submission Process

Submission of full papers must be made through the ScholarOne Manuscripts site (http://mc/ Articles should be between 5000 - 7000 words in length and must be submitted before 30th March 2018. Please make sure the correct special issue title is selected from the drop down menu on the fourth page of the submission process.

Authors wishing to discuss their research before submission may email their abstract to the Guest Editors, Tony Wall ( and Ann Hindley (

Following the double blind peer review process, papers which require revisions should be submitted before 31st May 2018.