Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

oikos, International Student Organization for Sustainability in Economics and Management Education

  • Rocío RobinsonEmail author
  • Mariam Patsatsia
  • Katarzyna Negacz
  • J. Christopher Proctor
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_380



oikos is a student network with over 50 chapters in 24 different countries, whose vision is for economics and management education to be purposed for a sustainable world. Founded in 1987 in St. Gallen, Switzerland, oikos currently reaches out to over 50,000 young people every year through the efforts of 1,200 members. The oikos mission is to transform economics and management education by empowering student change agents, raising awareness for sustainability opportunities and challenges, and building institutional support for curriculum reform.


In this entry, oikos, an umbrella student organization with the goal to fortify student efforts to incorporate sustainability in business schools, economics departments, and management education is discussed. First, a brief history of the organization is provided,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rocío Robinson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mariam Patsatsia
    • 2
  • Katarzyna Negacz
    • 3
  • J. Christopher Proctor
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Latin American Studies (CLS-HSG), School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)University of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  2. 2.oikos InternationalSt. GallenSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Faculty of ScienceVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Petra Molthan-Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK