Call for Chapters: Digitalization, New Media, and Education for Sustainable Development


Lars Keller (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
Gerd Michelsen (Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany)
Martin Dür (Pedagogical University Tyrol, Austria)
Syamsul Bachri (Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia)
Michaela Zint (University of Michigan, USA)

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: October 30, 2021
Full Chapters Due: May 31, 2022


To address the Grand Challenges of the 21th century (climate change, loss of biodiversity, future of humanity), societies have to undergo substantial transformations. The SDGs are an attempt by the United Nations to define appropriate goals and targets to be reached by 2030, to ensure quality of life for all, now and in the future.

Whether (or to what extent) these goals can be reached will depend in part on how successfully education strategies will empower learners of all ages with the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to transform themselves, their communities, and societies. We believe that educational institutions have critical roles to play in facilitating and supporting these transitions. To fulfill this vision and be transformational, however, education and educational institutions themselves will have to be transformed.

This book seeks to explore how digitalization and new media are already shaping and will shape the transformation of (inter)national education(al systems). The COVID pandemic has shown that massive digitalization in education is possible. Although much remains to be learned about the effects on learning and societal outcomes, homeschooling and distance learning have shown that formal learning does not necessarily have to be restricted to traditional classrooms, and that learners can learn from and with each other across geographical distances. Furthermore, digitalization seems to hold potential to support selfregulated, situated, and informal learning, which fundamentally changes the way individuals can access, process, and use information, and ultimately, change the way they think and act.

However, the question arises to what extent this potential is actually unlocked through learning settings. Only if teachers and learners have acquired competencies ensuring that digitalization and ESD are interlinked, can the process of digitalization make a valuable contribution to empower people to actively shape the process of transforming towards sustainability. The process of digitalization and the use of new media, however, can also have negative consequences and side effects. Concerns include the energy used to produce digital content and power digital devices as well as the risk of spreading distortion and fake news via new media. The gaps between those who have access to digital infrastructure and the skills to use it productively and those who are decoupled from this infrastructure or reduced actual physical social interactions are additional troubling aspects.

Against the background of the necessity of transformation toward sustainability and the certainty that the process of digitalization cannot be reversed or stopped, education faces the challenge to develop effective learning settings which, on the one hand, raise the positive potential, and on the other hand, minimize the risks.

Target Audience

This proposed edited book’s primary audience are scholars, educators, teachers, university lecturers, professional development providers, and administrators at all education levels. Other audiences include policy makers focused on advancing education and/or sustainable development goals (particularly SDG4). Because the general public is foreseen to be a potential beneficiary of this proposed work as well, authors are expected to offer pragmatic insights and recommendations along with scholarly insights.

Recommended Topics

This book will examine all aspects related to and interconnections between digitalization, new media, and ESD. Perspectives will be manifold: From primary to tertiary education, from formal to informal education, from global to local education (developments in different regions of the world, national specifics in different education sectors, etc.), from scientific findings to political strategies, and highlighting exceptional "best practice" examples and case studies.

Anticipated book sections:
1) Digitalization, new media, diversity, equity, inclusion, and ESD - What are the challenges across the world?
2) Covid19 and its impact on digitalization and new media within the context of ESD. What have we learned?
3) Educational Policies: About the role of ESD in connection with official government documents on education and digitalization/new media.
4) Best Practice Examples from diverse cultural contexts: Primary and Secondary School, Non-formal and Informal Learning, University, Vocational Training, Lifelong Learning
5) Synthesis: Where are we heading by 2030? Perspectives across the world.

Proposed chapters should contribute to the overall goals of this edited volume and ideally, one of the above sections. We would like to invite scholars, practitioners, and others working in education, sustainable development goal (SDG) programs, digital technology/ new media development, etc. to submit a chapter to this book. “Others” may include students, teachers, government officials, or NGOs and industry representatives.

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or beforeOctober 30, 2021 a chapter proposal of 1 to 2 pages clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter along with a 1 page author contact/affiliation info sheet. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 31, 2022, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Digitalization, New Media, and Education for Sustainable Development. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2022.

Important Dates

Proposal submission deadline: Oct 30, 2021
Notification about status of proposals and chapter guidelines: Jan 31, 2022
Full chapter submission: May 31, 2022
Double-blind peer review: asap thereafter
Review results: Oct 30, 2022 (at the latest)
Finalize chapters: asap thereafter
Publication: late 2022 (/ early 2023)


Lars Keller (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
Gerd Michelsen (Leuphana University, Germany)
Martin Dür (Pedagogical University Tyrol, Austria)
Syamsul Bachri (Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia)
Michaela Zint (University of Michigan, USA)


Social Sciences and Humanities; Media and Communications; Education
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