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Multiple Criteria Decision Making for the Achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Systematic Literature Review and a Research Agenda

Technical Scientific Center, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 22453-900, Brazil
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Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4129; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084129
Received: 25 February 2021 / Revised: 23 March 2021 / Accepted: 26 March 2021 / Published: 7 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multiple Criteria Decision Making for Sustainable Development)
Multiple-criteria decision making (MCDM) methods have been widely employed in various fields and disciplines, including decision problems regarding Sustainable Development (SD) issues. The main objective of this paper is to present a systematic literature review (SLR) on MCDM methods supporting decisions focusing on the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in regional, national, or local contexts. In this regard, 143 published scientific articles from 2016 to 2020 were retrieved from the Scopus database, selected and reviewed. They were categorized according to the decision problem associated with SDGs issues, the MCDM methodological approach, including the use (or not) of fuzzy set theory, sensitivity analysis, and multistakeholder approaches, the context of MCDM applications, and the MCDM classification (if utility-based, compromise, multi-objective, outranking, or other MCDM methods). The widespread adoption of MCDM methods in complex contexts confirms that they can help decision-makers solve multidimensional problems associated with key issues within the 2030 Agenda framework. Besides, the state-of-art review provides an improved understanding of this research field and directions for building a research agenda for those interested in advancing the research on MCDM applications in issues associated with the 2030 Agenda framework. View Full-Text
Keywords: multicriteria decision-making methods; MCDM; UN sustainable development goals; 2030 agenda; systematic literature review multicriteria decision-making methods; MCDM; UN sustainable development goals; 2030 agenda; systematic literature review
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Sousa, M.; Almeida, M.F.; Calili, R. Multiple Criteria Decision Making for the Achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Systematic Literature Review and a Research Agenda. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4129. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084129

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Sousa M, Almeida MF, Calili R. Multiple Criteria Decision Making for the Achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Systematic Literature Review and a Research Agenda. Sustainability. 2021; 13(8):4129. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084129

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Sousa, Manuel; Almeida, Maria F.; Calili, Rodrigo. 2021. "Multiple Criteria Decision Making for the Achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Systematic Literature Review and a Research Agenda" Sustainability 13, no. 8: 4129. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084129

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