Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Integrating Principles of Sustainable Development into Higher Education

  • Michael Ekow ManuelEmail author
  • Alina Prylipko
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_517


Principles of sustainable development may be defined as the concepts or propositions that inform the beliefs, choices, strategies and actions of organizations and individuals and that lead to optimum sustainable development outcomes.


Education is a key instrument of social change. Legal instruments, often heavily relied on in many jurisdictions, have to be complemented with other shapers of social behavior such as market forces and primarily education (Schuck 2000). Optimum education can lead to learners’ proactive engagement with social issues and both address emerging challenges and mitigate the negative consequences of previous actions and decisions (Manuel 2017).

In light of the ongoing discourse about how higher education (HE) can influence a move toward a sustainable future, this chapter explores the extant literature on the concepts of sustainability, sustainable development (SD), education for sustainable development (ESD), and the principles and value...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.World Maritime UniversityMalmöSweden
  2. 2.Blackpool and The Fylde CollegeFleetwoodUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ulisses Azeiteiro
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AveiroAveiroPortugal