LUCSUS’ research and the global goals
The research carried out at LUCSUS is in line with many of the global goals especially those of gender equality, reduced inequalities, zero hunger, sanitation and clean water, sustainable cities and communities, life on land, and climate action. The centre itself has a long standing research expertise in the area of climate change resilience, urbanisation and land use, governance and development.
Examples of research and projects closely related to the goals include work on sanitation in Tanzania, energy justice, biofuels, climate adaptation and urban governance in local government, and an examination of the concept of loss and damage. Work on large scale land investment and its impact on communities are also of relevance.
LUCSUS is now in the process of mapping its research on to the goals as a way to start up new conversations and discussions about the goals with communities outside of academia.
While the centre has been doing research that is closely related to the global goals since well before they were established, the goals provide an important frame work that is recognised worldwide. They enable LUCSUS to communicate and explain its research to a wide range of stakeholders, partners and people. The global goals also opens up possibilities for new collaborations and partnerships since many organisations, local governments and authorities have started to work strategically with the goals.
The role of LUCSUS’ researchers
Researchers play a key role in the implementation and development of the goals. This is because more research and knowledge on the goals are needed to take the goals from a high level concept to action on the ground. Researchers can help organisations, municipalities, communities and industry to understand the goals more holistically, which can aid them in formulating policies and strategies to achieve the targets linked to the goals.
– When you look at the goals it becomes clear that there are many goals that seem incompatible with each other, say responsible consumption and economic growth. This is where we as researchers, especially those that have the critical perspective we have at LUCSUS, need to come in and analyse trade-offs, synergies and interlinkages between goals, says Emily Boyd, Director of LUCSUS.
Ongoing and future work with the global goals
LUCSUS is engaged with the global goals on a range of levels, and the centre is in the process of developing this work by participating in networks and forums with a special focus on the SDG:s.
– Apart from the research we do, we as a centre are very keen to take work on the goals further. Today at Lund University for example, there is very little research done on the actual goals themselves, and this is something we would like to be a part off. We also want to bring university partners together to forward the discussion, especially the question of where university leadership can come in and take a lead on addressing the global goals.
About the SDGs
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations. The broad goals are interrelated though each has its own targets to achieve. The total number of targets is 169. The SDGs cover a broad range of social and economic development issues. These include poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, urbanisation, environment and social justice - important issues for the research at LUCSUS.
Relevant SDGs to our research
SUSTAIN (Sustainable Sanitation in Theory and action) is a research project led by LUCSUS in collaboration with the Dep. of Water Resources Engineering at University of Dar es Salaam with focus on sanitation management in Tanzania.
SUSTAIN departs from a sustainability science approach, which utilizes both critical and problem solving research frameworks in an attempt to generate actionable knowledge, taking into account both the environmental aspects inherent in the water and waste cycle and the differing societal values and political interests of service and resource users.
Relevant SDGs for this project:
GOOD HEALTRH AND WELL-BEING,
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS