Call for Contributions: "Encyclopedia of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming the World We Want"


As the process of industrialisation progresses  and the associated problems related to it such as biodiversity depletion, climate change and a worsening of health and living  conditions- especially but not only in developing countries - intensify, there  is a perceived needed to search for integrated solutions to make development more  sustainable.  The current model of economic growth used by many countries,  heavily based on the exploitation of natural resources, is not viable and  there are many evidences which show that a more careful, i.e. a  more sustainable approach to the use of our limited resources, is needed.

World Sustainability SeriesThe United Nations has acknowledged the problem and among other measures,  it produced a set of document at the latest UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012. In September 2015, the UN General Assembly approved the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. On 1st January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development  officially came into force. The goals cover the three dimensions of sustainable  development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection.

There are to date no comprehensive high caliber, peer-reviewed and truly international publications, addressing the SDGs in an integrated way. Therefore, the "Encyclopedia of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming the World We Want" is being published. The Encyclopedia encompasses 17 volumes, each one devoted to one of the 17 SDGs.

The SDGs are:

  • Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global  partnership for sustainable development

Over the next 13 years, with these new Goals and the 169 targets that universally apply to all countries, nations are expected to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. This Encyclopedia will be instrumental in implementing the SDGs, since it explains in depth the many terms associated with them.

Each of the 17 volumes contains 100 terms picked by a team of international experts, which makes it the most substantial editorial piece on the SDGs to date. With a total of 1.700 contributors from a wide range of disciplines and from all continents, the Encyclopedia of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming the World We Want is the largest editorial project on sustainable development ever undertaken.

Apart from a team of 4 deputy editors and two editorial assistants, this unique project is supported by over 70 Associate Editors from across all continents, representing a wide range of subjects and disciplines.

We are seeking contributions from persons working in academia, industry, NGOs and other representatives from the civil sector, who want to use the opportunity provided by the Encyclopedia to share their ideas and thoughts on the SDGs with a world audience.

The Encyclopedia of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming the World We Want will be published by Springer, as part of the World Sustainabilty Series: As a fully peer-reviewed and fully indexed publication, contributions to the Encyclopedia officially count as high-impact publications and can be used for promotion and tenure purposes. It is also a concrete record of scientific achievement, since this is the world´s most comprehensive publications on the SDGs.

Further details on the Encyclopedia and how to make submissions are available at: The deadline for expressions of interest to contribute (the 1.700 terms are already allocated and the editorial team is seeking suitably qualified authors to write on them) is 30th January 2018. Full contributions are expected by 30th April 2018, so there is enough time for writing quality contributions.

For enquires on specific SDGs, please feel free to contact one of the Deputy Editors listed below:

Dr. Pinar Gökçin Özuyar (SDGs 1,4,10,16)
Ozyegin University

Prof. Paul Pace (SDGs 2, 5,8, 17)
University of Malta

Prof. Ulisses Azeiteiro (SDGs 6,13,14,15)
University of Aveiro

Prof. Luciana Brandli (SDGs 7,9,11,12)
University of Passo Fundo

Or the Editorial Assistants:
Ali Beynaghi
Amirkabir University of Technology

Amanda Lange Salvia
World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre
Hamburg University of Applied Science

We look forward to your contributions!
Professor Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DL, DLitt)
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
World Sustainable Developoment Research and Transfer Centre
Hamburg, Germany
Manchester Matropolitan University
School of Sciences and the Environment
United Kingdom

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