Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Stakeholder Analysis Through Sustainability Issues

  • Marta SkorekEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_187


Stakeholder analysis through sustainability issues may be defined as the means via which different stakeholders perform analyses and appraisals of situations and contexts according to the principles of sustainable development.


Sustainability-related challenges represent some of the most complex and interdependent systems of the contemporary world and, therefore, need to be governed at multiple levels and across different space and time scales. The challenges cover a wide range of complex, interconnected and overlapping issues that include: marine governance, climate change, deforestation, desertification, biodiversity loss, urban development or natural resource management. It goes without saying that sustainability is a broad concept, and that there are numerous stakeholders to be identified in the context of sustainability. Whereas some of them may be obvious, there are individuals or groups who are often excluded from decision-making processes, and yet they...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Institute of Scandinavian StudiesThe University of GdańskGdańskPoland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Evangelos Manolas
    • 1
  1. 1.Democritus University of ThraceThraceGreece