Call for Paper | “Sport, Leisure, and Sustainability”, Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health | Call ends August 31, 2021

For this Special Issue, we seek theoretically and empirically sound examinations of sport, leisure, and sustainability. We conceptualize sustainability to consist of issues related to the environment, economics, and equity. 2020 has illuminated potentially unsustainable practices in sport and leisure. Flooding as a result of climate change has devastated youth sport facilities and parks across the United States, wild fires have altered the ability to perform physical activity in the Western United States and forced schedule alterations in professional sports, COVID-19 has devastated the fragile market-based economic foundations of youth, collegiate, and professional sports, and concerns abound regarding environmental justice and the equitable access to facilities for under-resourced youth and the potential public health ramifications of programs that are no longer sustainable.

We are interested in any of the broad range of topics related to sport and leisure sustainability. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

      • the impact of climate change on youth sport programs;
      • equitable access to physical activity opportunities;
      • leveraging of sport for environmental awareness and programs;
      • political economic arguments related to the future of sport;
      • the impact of climate change on environmental justice in sport and leisure opportunities;
      • involvement of immigrants and refugees in sport and leisure; and
      • the impact of sustainability on childhood obesity.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • environment
  • economics
  • equity
  • environmental justice
  • physical activity
  • obesity

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Kyle Bunds Website
Guest Editor
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 3028E
Interests: sport and equitable development; environmental sustainability; sport and charity; political economics; communication; sport-based health education
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Dr. Jonathan Casper Website
Guest Editor
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 3028J
Interests: integration of sport sustainability practices in organizational operations; marketing; fan engagement
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