New knowledge for a sustainable world
Informed by the United Nations Agenda 2030, the School shall be at the international forefront of providing high-quality research and education, resulting in knowledge and competence that can contribute to policymaking and assist businesses in their handling of fundamental societal challenges.
In both research and education, these societal challenges should be approached with the most appropriate academic tools available, often including cross-disciplinary collaboration. Thus, two important assets for us are that our School includes a broad set of academic disciplines, and that we are part of a comprehensive university.
The School's research from a sustainability perspective
The School shall act on challenges facing the world today, such as climate change, the decline of biodiversity, migratory flows, social exclusion, the effects of demographic changes, the vulnerability of political and financial systems, the erosion of multilateral structures for international cooperation, the distribution and redistribution of resources, or transformative structural changes resulting from technological developments.
To clarify our knowledge contribution to sustainable development, we map all research at the School based on relevance to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the Agenda 2030. The inventory shows that the School has research relating to all of the Global Goals, and that we have research of particular importance linked to several goals.
The figure below shows each department's research related to the different sustainability goals. The figure can also be downloaded as a pdf on this page.
Agenda 2030 with the 17 Global Goals, which the world heads of state and government adopted at the UN in 2015, frames the research on sustainable development at the School. Our starting point is that the 17 goals are integrated and indivisible, as emphazised in Agenda 2030. For that reason, it does not make sense to grade the goals and point out some as more important than others. At the same time, we have an academically reflective approach to the agenda and the goals, as they are the result of political negotiations. This means that we need to keep the discussion alive, on what sustainable development means, on the synergies and goal conflicts that the agenda contains and on what is included and not included in the agenda.