Special Issue: Call for papers. Higher education: A fundamental intangible capital towards a sustainable future

Intangible Capital launches a call for articles for the next Special Issue on “Higher education: a fundamental intangible capital towards a sustainable future.”

Education has become an intangible capital of vital importance in a changing context due to increasing complexity, uncertainty, accelerating globalisation and competitive rivalry. Likewise, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes as one of its core goals (SDG 4) to "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all". To this end, it focuses on the need to acquire a set of key transversal competences applicable to different contexts and purposes, and throughout life, including not only formal (primary, secondary, university) but also non-formal education.

Focusing on higher education, this special issue addresses in a multidisciplinary way the different theoretical and empirical approaches that bring together innovative topics such as teaching innovation, graduates and job expectations, social responsibility, lifelong learning, competence acquisition, digitisation and technologies, knowledge management and intellectual capital, among others. Specifically, the thematic areas of the special issue are as follows:

  • Human capital in education
  • Knowledge and intellectual capital management (generation, transfer and preservation of knowledge)
  • Strategic direction of education at all levels
  • Economics of education
  • Development of interpersonal skills and other generic competences
  • Digitalisation of education and e-learning
  • Education, job expectations, career opportunities
  • Experiences in teaching innovation with social impact (challenge-based learning, service learning, etc.)
  • Education as a driver of change to promote diverse and egalitarian environments.
  • Detection of needs and design of educational activities
  • Management of education in university organisations and employee training
  • Lifelong education and training, provided by the university or involving higher education institutions
  • Development of training curricula in collaboration with external partners
  • Education as a driver of social cohesion
  • Educational policies and intangible capital.
  • Adaptation of education to the Covid-19 pandemic (educational models, evaluation systems, etc.).
  • Teachers' working environments
  • Education and sustainability
  • Educommunication
  • Formal education and non-formal education, provided by the university or involving higher education institutions
  • University and education: managing intangible assets



PHd. Pilar Laguna Sánchez – Business Administration Department. Rey Juan Carlos University

PHd. Mónica Segovia Pérez – Business Administration Department. Rey Juan Carlos University


Submission deadline: 31th May 2022

When sending select Higher education section


The editors of the special issue will review the content and quality of the articles. They will then select the articles they wish to be included in the special issue. The editors reserve the right to reject any article. The main reasons for rejection are

  • Poor writing
  • Inappropriate subject matter
  • Poor scientific quality
  • Failure to comply with journal requirements (abstract, words, jel codes).
  • Out of deadline
  • Problems of copyright, plagiarism...

Articles may be submitted in English, Spanish or Catalan. If the text of the article is in Spanish or Catalan, the title, abstract and keywords in English will be requested. If accepted, the final document will have to be translated. The authors will be responsible for the cost of the translation.