A special issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

European Perspectives on the Socially Responsible and Engaged University

For this Special Issue, we pose a number of opening questions to collect some of the most prominent answers in the Special Issue announced here: What does Social Responsibility in higher education comprise? What does it involve to conduct responsible research and teaching? Which socially responsible university extension practices are available? Which concepts are being discussed for an ‘engaged university’? Which (governance) processes have universities found useful to document and assess USR? Which socially responsible services function at university level and which impact do they have?

Journal Sustainability in Higher Education

Deadline and Submission Details:

  • Please send expressions of interest with an 800 word-extended abstract and full contact details of the authors to the guest editor: Katharina Resch ( by 15 October 2021.
  • The submission deadline for all papers is 1 April 2021.
  • To submit your research, please visit the Scholar One manuscript portal.
  • To view the author guidelines for this journal, please visit the journal’s page.

Guest Editors:

Katharina Resch, University of Vienna, Austria
José Pedro Amorim, University of Porto, Portugal
Gabriel Dima, University Politehnica Bucharest, Romania

Abstract Submission: 31st March, 2020

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Topical Areas of the IJSHE Special Issue
The special issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education will focus on issues surrounding social responsibility in higher education and university engagement with social responsibility in order to generate a European overview of USR from the perspective of responsible research, responsible teaching, USR as an institutional topic, and socially responsible services.

We welcome submissions to this special issue. Topics covered include (but are not limited to):

1 Social Responsibility emerging in Research

  • Social Responsibility, Third Mission, Community Research and Co. – Terminology debates
  • Socially responsible research and engaged research – what does responsible research involve?
  • Citizen science and social responsibility

2 Social Responsibility emerging in Teaching

  • The role of teachers in USR – what is socially responsible teaching and how do you do it?
  • Student engagement and its recognition in higher education
  • Service Learning as a socially responsible teaching method
  • Cooperative Teaching: teaching with praxis stakeholders

3 Social Responsibility emerging as an institutional topic in HE

  • The sustainable university
  • Diversity, fairness, and inclusion in higher education
  • Documenting social responsibility – the relevance of the “social” for indicators, statistics, and rankings

4 Socially Responsible Services

  • Legal Clinics as a socially responsible service
  • Community-based services: Involving community partners in social responsibility action – challenges of transfer
  • Building responsible networks for sustainability – how universities cooperate with the NGO sector for sustainable development

Consistent with the aims of IJSHE and in line with the topical areas, contributions are invited on a range of empirical and conceptual issues, with priority given to papers expanding previous research while addressing the specific characteristics, potentials, benefits and challenges of the socially responsible and engaged university. In section 4, practical contributions and elaborated case studies are especially welcome.