The University of Gothenburg, as part of the International Association of Universities (IAU) and its Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) Cluster, has been asked to take a lead specifically on SDG 8. Every goal has its lead university, resulting in a global network of universities coordinating different goals.
Read more about the IAU HESD clusters on the IAU website.
The University of Gothenburg has initiated a “SDG 8 Initiative” including different parts and persons from the university. The SDG 8 Initiative also includes participation from eight satellite universities.
The strategic goal of the SDG 8 team is to engage and support a global community of researchers and practitioners to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. This is done by transdisciplinary, applied action research and policy interaction that focus on solutions to growth and work related challenges through collaboration among researchers and practitioners in local and global contexts. The ambition is to mobilize academic work and policy interaction in support of sustainable economic growth with good conditions for employees.
The strategic goal is to mobilize academic work that contributes to knowledge and solutions for sustainable economic development, work-related challenges, as well as sustainable tourism. The initiative creates a global network for researchers and practitioners who want to interact within the SDG 8 initiative (for example, researchers linked to satellite universities). Through challenge-driven research and policy interaction, collaboration, and education, we want to act so that knowledge is used and thereby come closer to realizing SDG 8.
The starting point is that interdisciplinary approaches are a prerequisite for realizing Agenda 2030. A critical approach, in an academic spirit, to Agenda 2030, the global goals in general and SDG 8 specifically, as well as problematization around sub-goals, concepts, and formulations must also permeate the SDG 8 initiative.