Experiences of Participatory Methodologies in promoting Climate Action in Higher Education



The Special Issue "Experiences of Participatory Methodologies in promoting Climate Action in Higher Education" builds upon the need for further investigations around climate action in higher education, in all its dimensions, and the benefits and challenges of using participatory methodologies. Universities are in a unique position of not only advancing sustainability, but also promoting climate action and climate justice within and outside the campus. Participatory approaches are expected to contribute to student and community engagement, thus connecting higher education institutions with social and local challenges.

The aim of this Special Issue is to showcase examples of how participatory methodologies can contribute to sustainability and climate action in higher education, and support engagement with the academic and local communities. The contribution will outline the value of participatory action research and encourage researchers, teaching staff and practitioners in the areas of sustainability and climate change in higher education to consider more participatory approaches in their initiatives. Furthermore, the articles within this issue are expected to inspire and influence readers with sustainability and climate-related campus actions and initiatives with local partners as well. The Special Issue will cover a range of examples, including cases from the international project Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate (Climate-U), which applied participatory action research in a set of universities in different countries. Themes and key features of this issue include but are not limited to climate justice, sustainability in higher education, sustainable universities, student engagement, climate change education, teaching and learning, and community engagement.

List of topic areas

  • Climate justice
  • Sustainability
  • Student engagement
  • Teaching and learning
  • Community engagement

Submissions Information

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

Key deadlines

Opening date for manuscripts submissions: 30th May, 2024

Closing date for manuscripts submission: 19th September, 2024