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Call for Papers: Young Lives for a Sustainable Earth

Young Lives for s Sustainable Earth

Sustainable Earth is now accepting submissions to a new article collection, 'Young Lives for a Sustainable Earth', focusing on the complex inter-relationships between youth aspirations, lifestyles, energy use, consumption patterns and the impacts and experiences of ecosystems and common pool resources, on youth wellbeing.

This article collection examines the complex inter-relationships between youth aspirations, lifestyles, energy use, social justice, consumption patterns, ecosystems and youth wellbeing.

Estimates suggest almost half the world’s population of seven billion people are under the age of 25. The world’s current population of 7.5 billion is estimated to surpass 9 billion by 2050. The world’s most youthful countries are located in Africa and South Asia. This youthful energy will drive trends in innovation, resource and energy use and consumption. In aging populations, patterns of consumption also continue to rise while many communities report rising mental ill-health and inequality with far reaching implications for the sustainability of the earth and social systems. Sustainable Earth recognizes that understanding the complex relationships between youth aspiration, and wellbeing and the natural environment are critical questions for this century so we have opened this collection for just this purpose.

This article collection is curated by Guest Editors: Dr Paul Dornan, a Senior Policy Officer, with the Oxford Young Lives Study, Department of International Development University of Oxford; Connie Flanagan,  Associate Dean and Vaughan Bascom Professor in Women, Family and Community in the School of Human Ecology at the university of Wisconsin Madison and Bronwyn Hayward, an Associate Professor of Political Science and International relations and Director of the Sustainable Citizenship and Civic Imagination Research Group: Hei Puāwaitanga at the University of Canterbury New Zealand. The editors of this special issue welcome both review articles (of 4000 words) and original empirical research (7000 words). For more information please contact Luisa Leo (

To begin discussions, we are putting out an open call for provoking and insightful research and review articles to explore the interconnections between young lives and sustainability. To find out more select the ‘'Youth and Sustainable Earth'’ collection during the submission process, if you would like us to consider your article for the collection. If you have queries regarding the collection, please contact

Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Sustainable Earth. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Sustainable Earth submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on 'Young Lives for a Sustainable Earth'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection. 

Guest Editors

Paul Dornan, Department of International Development University of Oxford, University of Oxford, UK
Connie Flanagan, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin Madison USA
Bronwyn Hayward, Dept Political Science & International relations University of Canterbury, NZ

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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