UN Sustainable Development Goals
Through over 80 research projects in over 30 countries, researchers at the University of Sheffield are working in partnership with universities, businesses and communities across the world, towards a sustainable, equitable future for everyone.
Through over 80 research projects in over 30 countries, researchers at The University of Sheffield are working in partnership with universities, businesses and communities across the world, towards a sustainable, equitable future for everyone.
What are the UN sustainable development goals?
The global population is growing, placing increasing demand on the world's finite resources and exacerbating the climate crisis. At the same time we need to make sure everyone has equitable access to food, energy, health care, education, jobs and justice.
To tackle these conflicting issues, all United Nation member states have adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The agenda outlines 17 sustainable development goals that are designed to address challenges faced all over the world. The goals set out a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
How we're working towards the goals
The University of Sheffield is delivering over 80 research projects that span the breadth of all 17 sustainable development goals. To do this we have partnered with research institutions, businesses, governments and community groups in more than 30 countries.
We understand that one solution will not work everywhere. It is important to consider the different cultural, social, economic and environmental contexts that our projects operate in and co-produce solutions with the people who are directly impacted by our research.
We’re already seeing positive change resulting from our work but there is much more to be done. We will continue working alongside our colleagues across the world to mitigate the worsening effects of the climate crisis, and improve quality of life for everyone.
Using radio to address misinformation about Covid-19
Burkina Faso now has the highest growing rates of internationally displaced persons in the world. Covid-19 has only worsened the problem and attempts to provide information about the virus have been undermined by rumour and the spread of misinformation.
Harvesting the sun twice
Solar power is seen as a key way of addressing East Africa’s energy challenges, but the solution is not as simple as installing traditional solar panels across large areas of land. Agrivoltaic energy systems can combine the delivery of solar electricity, crop production, and rainwater harvesting on the same land area.
New batteries deliver affordable, clean energy to communities in Sierra Leone
A new pay as you go smart battery rental system supplies affordable, clean power to poor households and enterprises in off-grid communities. The batteries are charged at solar charging stations and reduce energy costs by up to 75%.
Dietary transitions in African cities to promote nutritious diets
Africa is experiencing increasing levels of obesity in its cities, particularly in women. Prior to this project, policy responses to the rise in obesity in Africa have had limited success. This is because they were mostly influenced by experiences in higher income countries which are less relevant to African cities.
Community Energy Systems in Ethiopia, Malawi and Mozambique
In 2018, rates of access to electricity in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Mozambique were 44%, 13%, and 27% respectively. Despite recent improvements, 97 million people living in these countries still lack power. The project investigates the role of Community Energy Systems to bridge the energy access gap in East Africa.
Understanding migration in the world's most rapidly urbanising region
Rapid urban population growth can leave already overstretched authorities unable to operate effectively. This leads to a lack of safe and suitable infrastructure, service provision and proper documentation.