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Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development. Book Launch

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 17:30 to 19:45
Birkbeck Clore Management Centre Lecture Theatre
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Academics from six London university colleges have been exploring the interactions between post-2015 development target setting areas as part of Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development.

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Coordinated by the London International Development Centre (LIDC), the project has brought together social and political scientists, natural scientists, geographers, urban planners, agronomists, human and animal health experts and natural resource experts with a shared interest in the ongoing post-2015, sustainable development goal setting agenda.

The project involves almost forty academics from University College London (UCL), School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), the UCL-Institute of Education (UCL-IOE), Birkbeck, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Royal Veterinary College (RVC).


The research, carried out in small interdisciplinary teams, focused in on some of the key interactions identified in workshops over two years. The final project outputs will feed into both academic and policy debates, addressing both the immediate post-2015 development target setting process and making visible the longer term, complex interactions between sectors and processes.

A book has been produced that has documented both the findings of academic research into global development discussions, and the process of this extended interdisciplinary project. The book was launched on the 8th July 2015.

One of the key messages from the book is that governance of development goals is important to the design and future implementation of the SDGs. It also shows the 17 SDGs represented in three concentric layers, reflecting their main intended outcomes. This framework reveals potential conflicts and synergies between goals, and how their interactions might be governed.

Watch the event back and see talks from:

Claire Melamed, Director of the Growth, Poverty and Inequality programme at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Anna Thomas, Head of Policy Research at Actionaid

Panel members:
David Hudson (UCL, Department of Politics)
Susannah Mayhew (LSHTM, Department of Global Health and Development)
Sarah Bell (UCL, Centre for Environmental and Geomatic Engineering)
Ilan Kelman (UCL, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction and, Institute for Global Health)

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Related infographic: 13 key messages