Young People and the SDG’s Edited Collection

The purpose of this Companion is to provide not only a broad overview of research in relation to young people in the current context of planetary crisis but also a space for critical, innovative, imaginative, diverse and inclusive examinations of complex and often under-explored issues in relation to young people and sustainable futures. With this in mind, we are looking for contributions that engage with the following issues and themes that add complexity, detail and insight into the challenges and opportunities for young people and sustainable futures under the influence of the SDGs. The list is not exhaustive, the themes may intersect, and we will consider abstracts that engage with other themes:

  • Young people’s activism for sustainable futures (for example, the Fridays for Future/School Strikes For Climate movements)
  • Young people, diversity (class, gender, sexualities, religious, abilities, neuro-diversity, geography) and sustainable futures;
  • Young people and the challenges and opportunities for sustainable development/futures in postcolonial and Small Island development contexts;
  • Young people, First Nations’ knowledge and sustainable futures;
  • Globalised neoliberal capitalism, young people’s well-being, education, training (TVET) and employment pathways and sustainable futures;
  • Place-based responses and young people’s sustainable futures;
  • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and UN SDG 4.7: By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development;
  • Policy analyses of government, NGO, and business policy and program responses to, and responsibilities for, the challenges and opportunities for young people’s sustainable futures;
  • Innovative theoretical and methodological approaches (post-humanism, critical development studies, postcolonial theories, eco-socialism…) to the rise of Anthropocene and young people’s sustainable futures;
  • Young people, ‘planetary health’, and the reimagination and co-design of innovative approaches to equitable and inclusive health and wellbeing (physical, mental, social, spiritual, environmental) in the post-COVID 19 and decarbonising world out to 2050.

The Call

We are seeking 300-350 words proposals/abstracts for chapters in this Companion.

Abstracts should be submitted by May 30, 2022.

Accepted abstracts will be notified by the end of July 2022.

First drafts of chapters will be due on or before March 30, 2023.

Final drafts of chapters will be due on or before July 30, 2023.

The Companion will be published in 2024.

Final chapters will be 6000 words in length, including references.

The Companion will comprise approximately 35 chapters

The Companion will be published by Elgar Publishing as part of a series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Handbooks/Companion series –