CfP: "Youth and Sustainability of Rural Areas", Special Issue of Quality of Life Journal, Volume 21, Issue 2, 2023

2022 4 cv coverCall for Papers: "Youth and Sustainability of Rural Areas", Special Issue of Quality of Life Journal, Volume 21, Issue 2, 2023

Guest editors: 
- Štefan Bojnec (University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia)
- Claudia Petrescu (The Research Institute for Quality of Life, Bucharest)

Quality of Life Journal ( seeks articles for a special issue on Youth and Sustainability of Rural Areas, to be published in June 2023. The main purpose of this special issue is to approach and discuss the situation of young people living in rural areas, particularly those youth neither in employment nor in education or training (NEETs) and their role in ensuring sustainability from different perspectives such as economic, social, and environmental.

The rural population in several European countries is aging due to both low fertility rates and the out-migration of young people from rural areas. The issue of how to retain or attract young people in rural areas is a difficult and challenging one for new policy approaches and measures, especially in terms of the transition from education to employment, maintaining livelihoods and the sustainability of rural areas. Among rural young people, NEETs are facing many challenges. This special issue “Youth and Sustainability of Rural Areas” focuses on the following four thematic issues:

  • Rural NEETs social networks and social inclusion.
  • Rural NEETs and formal and non-formal education.
  • Employment and employment services in rural areas for rural NEETs.
  • Rural NEETs and sustainability.

Therefore, we invite researchers to submit original papers on completed studies/analyses that are focused on youth and sustainability in rural areas. Quality of Life proposes a special issue for the month of June this year, launching here this call for academic papers, by encouraging submissions also on other similar themes that are corresponding to the general topic described in the call title.

The guest editors kindly request authors to send papers (6,000 – 8,000 words in length including references), together with an abstract of no more than 200 words through the form that could be found on the platform at, (with the mention special issue) until March 15, 2023. All the papers will be evaluated through the double-blind peer review process following the journal’s standard procedures. Prior to submission, please check the author’s guidelines.

Papers must be written in compliance with the Quality of Life Journal Ethics Statement, using the recommended paper template. Authors should send their manuscript/s to Quality of Life Journal submissions platform system.

  • Submission deadline: 15 March 2023
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All the articles should be submitted in English.

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