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.
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.
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:
- 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?
- To what extent should various connections with and through the UN SDGs shape the development of the University’s evolving strategy?
- How can we increase wider recognition of and critical engagement with SDGs from faculty and students?
- How do we best consult with and engage faculties and departments to develop strategies in response to issues raised by the SDGs?
- How do we ensure that we consider accessibility and reducing inequality in all its forms in our offerings across campus and the University?
- For researchers, how can we encourage greater awareness and working with an interconnected approach to SDGs?
- What resources in terms of staff and time do we need to improve how and what we do at Warwick regarding the SDGs?
- And finally, what should be the future of SDG reporting at Warwick?
Warwick SDG Communities of Practice
Jeffrey D. Sachs1, Guido Schmidt-Traub, Mariana Mazzucato, Dirk Messner, Nebojsa Nakicenovic and Johan Rockström
Nature Sustainability, September 2019 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0352-9
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.