The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have, we believe, found their moment – they have never been more relevant. In a world of uncertainty and economic distress, we have reached a singular moment where we can make a distinct choice – follow the same path as before, or focus on a world in which we take Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ to heart and reformulate economic drivers around a more holistic vision for humanity. Universities and the research sector should be looking at a bigger picture – one around alignment with Sustainable Development Goals. Providing impact through research, but also through continuous education and retraining in a fluid job market.
Digital Science has invested in providing a lens in Dimensions through which research can be viewed by Sustainable Development Goals. Understanding the goals; how much current research interest relates to them; how collaborative they are; and how they relate to traditional re- search fields is a key part of what research managers, policymakers and strategists should be engaging within the next few years.
Using Dimensions to explore the global landscape of research on SDGs we were able to highlight the growth in research around the different goals. Our findings raise some important questions. If we are to have an impact agenda for research, should it not be one that is informed by the SDGs? And if so, should we not be actively measuring sustainable development as part of research evaluation?
Research into SDG areas is critical
The SDGs are at the centre of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Research into these areas is critical to help transform the world and each development goal has a list of targets which are measured with indicators. The Dimensions SDG classifier allows for specific analyses at the interface of research and policy. We will be running a series of post throughout the year that looks at SDG research.
We can help you
Our Consultancy team produces tailored analysis for non-profits, governments, funders, research institutions and STEM publishers to inform strategy to meet organisational goals. We can help you relate the influence and impact that your organisation has to research on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).