Semi-Systematic Literature Review on Sustainability and Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institutions

Amila Omazic*, Bernd Markus Zunk

*Corresponding author for this work

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Public sector organizations, primarily higher education institutions (HEIs), are facing greater levels of responsibility since adopting and committing to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development (SD) and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). HEIs are expected to provide guidance for various stakeholders on this matter, but also to implement this agenda and the SDGs in their institutions. Although the role of these organizations has been recognized, the fields and issues that HEIs should address on their path towards sustainability and SD are still unclear. To provide further clarity, a semi-systematic literature review on sustainability and SD in HEIs was conducted to identify both the key concepts and main research themes that represent sustainability and SD in HEIs and to identify research gaps. This review increases our knowledge of this topic and enhances our understanding of sustainability and SD in the context of HEIs
Original languageEnglish
Article number7683
Number of pages45
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2021


  • Literature Review
  • Higher Education
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainability
  • Literature review
  • Sustainable development
  • Higher education institutions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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