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SDGs at Warwick

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How can our research meaningfully engage with the SDGs and their indicators?

We believe Universities have a vital role in transferring thought leadership into practical action for the SDGs through their operations across campus and facilities. With the launch of Warwick's second SDG report, we at IGSD are keen to exchange knowledge and learn collaboratively with the research community at Warwick and beyond. We facilitate the sharing of information, good practices, and innovative approaches. On this page, you will find resources and upcoming events to support the building of a vibrant transdisciplinary community of practice across the university.

SDG Discussion Forum: 2pm, 7th December 2021

All University of Warwick Staff are invited to join members of the SDG Advisory Group for a discussion around the next steps for Warwick and the SDGs.

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The global community is at a critical moment in its pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More than a year into the global pandemic, millions of lives have been lost, the human and economic toll has been unprecedented, and recovery efforts so far have been uneven, inequitable and insufficiently geared towards achieving sustainable development. The current crisis is threatening decades of development gains, further delaying the urgent transition to greener, more inclusive economies, and throwing progress on the SDGs even further off track.

Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021

The SDGs are made up of 17 Goals. Each goal has a set of targets associated with it. There are also agreed indicators for measuring the SDGs.

The UN SDG web site presents the detail about the targets and indicators of each goal along with reports on progress and other useful information broken down by year. You need to click on the particular goal icon on the landing page to access the information.

The Sustainable Development Report 2021 presents the SDG Index and Dashboards for all UN member states, outlines the short-term impacts of COVID-19 on the SDGs, and describes how the SDGs can frame the recovery. It was prepared by teams of independent experts at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

It has interactive dashboards that provide a visual representation of countries’ performance by SDGs. This can be filtered by SDG indicator.

The SDG Advisory Group of the University of Warwick is pleased to launch its second report on Warwick's contribution to the SDGs.

Our report highlights that there is already a lot of excellent research at Warwick which addresses specific individual SDGs. At the same time, we found it harder to identify research projects that explicitly targeted multiple, interconnected goals. Our report is thus an attempt to provide some inspiring examples of work which we feel broadly adopts a nexus thinking approach. Moreover, we invite the Warwick community to reflect on how best to develop and pursue research, teaching and engagement in a way that contributes to achieving all 17 UN SDGs.

Press Release

Download SDG report 2019/2020

SDG Discussion Forum: 2pm, 7th December 2021

The SDG Advisory Group of the University of Warwick recently launched its second report on Warwick's contribution to the SDGs. To mark the launch, the IGSD team are organising an SDG Discussion Forum intending to engage the university community on the following questions:

  1. How can or should the University of Warwick move beyond “business as usual” to develop a genuinely aspirational as well as a pragmatic “vision”, towards a more sustainable world?
  2. To what extent should various connections with and through the UN SDGs shape the development of the University’s evolving strategy?
  3. How can we increase wider recognition of and critical engagement with SDGs from faculty and students?
  4. How do we best consult with and engage faculties and departments to develop strategies in response to issues raised by the SDGs?
  5. How do we ensure that we consider accessibility and reducing inequality in all its forms in our offerings across campus and the University?
  6. For researchers, how can we encourage greater aware­ness and working with an interconnected approach to SDGs?
  7. What resources in terms of staff and time do we need to improve how and what we do at Warwick regarding the SDGs?
  8. And finally, what should be the future of SDG reporting at Warwick?
There is an MS Team Space for the SDGs at Warwick. Staff and students at Warwick can access the space directly using this link.

Warwick SDG Communities of Practice

ECR SDG Networks

MS Teams SDG Discussion Forum


Live Q&A with Professor Joao Porto de Albuquerque: Aligning SDGs to research interest

Introduction to SDG research workshop July 2020: Professor Joao Porto de Albuquerque

EUTOPIA week event November 2020: Research and the SDGs


Warwick SDG Report 2018/2019

Six Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Jeffrey D. Sachs1, Guido Schmidt-Traub, Mariana Mazzucato, Dirk Messner, Nebojsa Nakicenovic and Johan Rockström

Nature Sustainability, September 2019

This is a widely cited article that presents a way of approaching the complexity of the SDGs by breaking them down in to six transformations that it describes as the modular building blocks for sustainability. The changes to social, economic and political activity, it suggests, will transform the use of resources, contributing towards the SDGs. There is a really useful section on implementation, and we were pleased to see a focus on stakeholder engagement and co-design.