University of Sydney research and teaching into the SDGs

Co-presented with the Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network Partnering for Impact on Sustainable Development 6th RDI conference

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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated 169 targets were adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 and constitute a shared global framework of development priorities to 2030. They aim to end extreme poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity and equality for all.

Universities will have a vital role to play in addressing these critical global challenges and achieving the SDGs. In this panel we demonstrate concrete ways in which the SDG framework and the 2030 Agenda informs work currently being undertaken at the University of Sydney, and bring together a senior academic with a younger research student to explore one of the SDGs that is of particular relevance to an ongoing research project.

We start from the assumption that the clear goals within each of the 17 UN SDGs can help set the agenda of this project (and indeed the social justice and sustainable development aspirations of a raft of other organisations).

We also explore the opportunities and constraints on implementing and revitalising sustainable partnerships with communities and organisations external to the University in this effort (SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals).

Chaired by Professor Antony Capon, Professor of Planetary Health, Sydney School of Public Health

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

  • Associate Professor Sue Goodwin, Sydney School of Education and Social Work with Rachel O’Brien, PhD student, and Archana Voola, Ewing Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Sydney School of Education and Social Work and Co-Chair, Academic Stand Against Poverty, Oceania

SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture

  • Associate Professor Robyn Alders School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science with Julia de Bruyn, a PhD student and research assistant, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, and NSW Representative of Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID).


To hear more about the SDGs and how academics and students can collaborate with development practitioners, NGOs and private sector for impact on sustainable development please come along to the Research for Development Impact Conference at the University of Sydney Business School on 13-14 June.