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SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth

THE SDG 8 INITIATIVE is the University of Gothenburg´s commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 8 of the 2030 Agenda. The aim is to achieve sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

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.

Strategic focus

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.

Decorative
Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG8)

Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG8 is referred to as a ”super goal” which spans over a wide range of issues related to economic growth, resource efficiency, innovation, work conditions and labour rights, job creation, youth employment, and tourism.

SDG8 comprises 12 targets in a complex mixture with 17 indicators to measure development. All of these are connected to each other as well as to other SDGs. In other words, to achieve SDG 8, a wide set of challenges need to be addressed.

What we do

We mobilize academic work and policy interaction in support of sustainable economic growth with good conditions for employees. 

We organise our work in themes, with the aim of resulting in discussion papers, seminars, an international conference at the end of August 2021, and research-to-policy dialogue during the second half of the year. Here are our present working themes and writing teams.

Economic growth in different parts of the world (target 8.1)

Ola Olsson, professor in economics, School of Business, Economics and Law

Innovation (target 8.2)

  • Rick Middel, senior lecturer in innovation and entrepreneurship, School of Business, Economics and Law
  • Henric Rhedin, Deputy Head of Department, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy

Job creation and growing enterprises (target 8.3)

  • Stefan Tengblad, professor in human resource management, Centre for Global Human Resource Management (CGHRM)
  • Henric Rhedin, Deputy Head of Department, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy

Resource efficiency (target 8.4)

Thomas Sterner, professor of environmental economics

Decent, equal work and pay (target 8.5)

Mattias Bengtsson, senior lecturer in sociology and work science

Youths’ employment (target 8.6)

Gunnar Gillberg, senior lecturer in work science

No child labour (8.7)

Heather Congdon Fors, senior lecturer in economics

Safe work environments

  • Lotta Dellve, professor in work science, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Helena Stensöta, professor political science, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Anna-Carin Olin, professor in occupational medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy

Sustainable tourism

  • Erik Lundberg, PhD, researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Tourism
  • Chiara Rinaldi, researcher Gothenburg Research Institute

 

Collaborate with us!

Contact us if you are interested in collaborating or participating in a writing theme.

Jenni Strömstad,
Project manager, 
jenni.stromstad@gu.se
Eddi Omrcen, Sustainability Strategist, University of Gothenburg, 
eddi.omrcen@gu.se
Gunnar Köhlin,
Director, Environment for Development (EfD), 
gunnar.kohlin@efd.gu.se

Collaborating partners

  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Karolinska Institute
  • the European Network for Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health, ENETOSH

Satellite universities

The SDG 8 Team also includes participation from eight satellite universities in low- and middle income countries.

  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • University of Nigeria, Nigeria
  • University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • University of Concepción, Chile
  • Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • University of Economics Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam