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Sustainability 2018, 10(9), 3295; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10093295

It’s a Hit! Mapping Austrian Research Contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals

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Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences, Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
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Faculty of Civil Engineering, Institute of Technology and Testing of Construction Materials, Graz University of Technology, 8010 Graz, Austria
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Centre for Global Change and Sustainability, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 1180 Vienna, Austria
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Resources Innovation Center Leoben, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, 8700 Leoben, Austria
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Received: 30 August 2018 / Revised: 12 September 2018 / Accepted: 13 September 2018 / Published: 14 September 2018
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The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present a global agenda addressing social, economic, and environmental challenges in a holistic approach. Universities can contribute to the implementation of the SDGs by providing know-how and best-practice examples to support implementation and by integrating issues of sustainability into their operations, research, education, and science-society interactions. In most of the signatory countries of the Agenda 2030, an overview of the extent to which universities have already addressed the SDGs in research is not available. Using the example of universities in Austria, this study presents a tool to map research that addresses sustainability topics as defined by the SDGs. The results of an analysis of scientific projects and publications show current focus areas of SDG related research. Research on SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being) and SDG 4 (Quality Education) is well represented by universities in Austria, while other SDGs, such as SDG 1 (No Poverty) or SDG 14 (Life Below Water), are under-represented research fields. We anticipate the results will support universities in identifying the thematic orientation of their research in the framework of the SDGs. This information can facilitate inter-university cooperation to address the challenge of implementing the SDGs. View Full-Text
Keywords: SDGs; agenda 2030; higher education; responsible science; grand challenges; keyword search; research database; interdisciplinarity; university cooperation; sustainable development goals and universities SDGs; agenda 2030; higher education; responsible science; grand challenges; keyword search; research database; interdisciplinarity; university cooperation; sustainable development goals and universities
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Körfgen, A.; Förster, K.; Glatz, I.; Maier, S.; Becsi, B.; Meyer, A.; Kromp-Kolb, H.; Stötter, J. It’s a Hit! Mapping Austrian Research Contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3295.

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