Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Stakeholder Mapping and Sustainable Development

  • Joanna MooreEmail author
  • Madhavi Venkatesan
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_302


Stakeholder mapping is a visualization tool used to understand relevant parties in a system or affected by a social issue. Sustainable development refers to improvements in systems that positively impact the trajectory of humans’ environmental impact. The two are intertwined because sustainable development is more effective when solutions reflect the needs and concerns of stakeholders.


When approaching the topic of sustainable development, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the broadness of the concept, unable to navigate where to start thinking about how to enact it. One reason for this is that the definition is not always the same, and sustainability itself takes on so many different meanings in different contexts. One strategy to breaking down the complex idea of sustainable development is to identify who it affects, and who has the ability to spark a movement toward positive change. This is the main idea behind stakeholder engagement. It is identifying and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Madhavi Venkatesan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA