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Call for Papers – Special Issue: Sustainable Design Education and Implementation

25 September 2020

3 mins

Dr Ksenija Kuzmina, Lecturer within the Institute for Design Innovation and Dr Vicky Lofthouse, Lecturer in Industrial Design, will be Guest Editors for a Special Themed Section in Sustainability, which will explore Sustainable Design Education and Implementation.

Sustainability invites submissions responding to the themes below for a Special Issue of the journal.

This Special Issue recognizes that there is an ongoing discourse regarding the need for changes in design education [1–3]. The need to explore and enact these changes is further amplified by the fact that the contexts in which designers are working, are becoming increasingly complex. This is reflected both in the roles that designers are moving into, which are more diverse, as well as the immense challenges that design aims to address (poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice) [4]. This Special Issue invites exploration of radical approaches to Sustainable Design Education and Implementation in Higher Education from multiple perspectives, focusing on what designers learn, how they learn and where they learn.

We invite contributions which provide commentary on novel, visionary and progressive sustainable design pedagogies, and the implications they have on formal education systems.

We recognise that education happens outside of formal setting, so are also interested in exploring learning which has occurred through Sustainable Design projects to understand the role of ‘education by sustainable design’. Studies that explore the impact of sustainable design projects beyond the ‘nudge’ towards sustainable behaviours and explore transformational change through learning in individuals and organisations are of most interest. 

We welcome contributions from all fields of design, including: industrial, service, product, graphic, communication, architecture, engineering design and others.


Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semi-monthly journal published by MDPI.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. 


The deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 Dec 2021.

The call for content can be found here.


  1. Chick, A. Preparing British design undergraduates for the challenge of sustainable development. Art. Des. Educ. 2000, 19, 161–169.
  2. Meyer, M. W.; Norman, D. Changing Design Education for the 21st Century. She Ji J. Des. Econ. Innov. 2020, 6, 13–49.
  3. Papanek, V. Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change, 2nd ed; Thames and Hudson: London, UK, 1985.
  4. Take Action for the Sustainable Development Goals, 2020. Available online: (accessed on 17 September 2020)

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