About This Project
The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN have set the global agenda for sustainable development up to 2030. While this set of nonbinding goals originated from unprecedented consensus building between governments and NGOs, critics argue that the goals are too broad, isolated, unfocused, and unrealistic. More importantly, the SDG process itself has been seen as perpetuating the traditional top-down model of development that has been shown to be ineffective. This proposal will bring together the expertise of the three PLuS Alliance universities to develop a knowledge-to-action framework and case studies that can provide context-specific, evidence‐based guidelines for SDGs implementation and evaluation. We propose to work collaboratively to contribute in four interrelated dimensions: i) re-envision the idea of participation in SDG process; ii) co-develop an integrated framework to better understand the inter-connections among the seemingly disparate SDGs and the associated targets and metrics; iii) co-design social and technological innovations for impactful SDG implementation; and iv) conduct metropolitan scale pilot case studies to test our ideas and provide context specific guidelines. We will leverage the past experience across the three universities in multidisciplinary, problem‐driven and use-inspired research to contribute towards an impactful implementation of the SDGs.