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Diverged Preferences towards Sustainable Development Goals? A Comparison between Academia and the Communication Industry

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Graduate Institute of Environmental Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 11677, Taiwan
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Department of Business Administration, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 10645, Taiwan
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Graduate Institute of Construction Engineering and Management, National Central University, Taoyuan 32001, Taiwan
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Graduate Program of Sustainable Tourism & Recreation Management, National Taichung University of Education, Taichung 40359, Taiwan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(22), 4577; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224577
Received: 13 October 2019 / Revised: 15 November 2019 / Accepted: 16 November 2019 / Published: 19 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Health Communication)
To understand how the sustainable development goals (SDGs) are involved and cited in different fields, the current study aimed to explore the key SDGs and SDG-pairs from the viewpoints of academia and the media. The academic publications with SDG(s)-related keywords in the Scopus database and the entry videos of the “2018 SDG Lions” were collected and analyzed through content and network analysis. It was found that SDG 3 and SDG 10 shared the highest preferences in both industries, but apparent gaps happened to SDG 5. The tied frequencies of the possible SDG pairs were also examined, and SDG 3-10 was identified taking the lead in both industries. Network analysis using degree centrality as the vital parameter demonstrated that SDG 8 and SDG 5 has strong connections with several SDGs for the academia and the media, respectively. The SDG-2-6-7 combination or “water-energy-food” nexus was also found the most frequent combination of three SDGs in the academia. Overall, SDG 3 can be treated as a unifying theme when seeking to acquire evidence-based knowledge for integrated implementation of the SDGs. Important implications for policy-making of the SDGs were also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development goals (SDGs); health and well-being; inequality; academic publications; the media industry sustainable development goals (SDGs); health and well-being; inequality; academic publications; the media industry
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Yeh, S.-C.; Chiou, H.-J.; Wu, A.-W.; Lee, H.-C.; Wu, H.C. Diverged Preferences towards Sustainable Development Goals? A Comparison between Academia and the Communication Industry. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4577.

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