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.
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.
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.
Uniting experts to address infertility in The Gambia and beyond
Societal expectations of becoming a parent soon after marriage are high in The Gambia, but thousands of couples face involuntary childlessness, or infertility. Our international research collaboration is improving fertility awareness, guiding policy and transforming practice.
Have we turned plants against us?
Air pollution is a growing threat to our health and climate. But research by Dr Stuart Campbell found that its effects on plants could be worse than we initially thought.
Filling the silence: the powerful music of Afghanistan's exiled musicians
On the morning of August 15 2021 the flourishing musicscape of Afghanistan fell silent. As the Taliban regime came back into force, musicians disappeared and fled. Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey is working with Afghan musicians now living in exile to create new platforms to share their work.
Creating a safer global environment for journalists
Journalists face serious kinds of human rights abuse simply for trying to keep the public informed. Researchers at the University of Sheffield are developing a framework to improve data collection on the full range of violations against journalists and track trends to prevent future attacks.
Using radio to tackle Covid-19 misinformation in Burkina Faso
Attacked by extremist groups and enduring climate disasters, Burkina Faso is dealing with a humanitarian emergency that has been worsened by Covid-19. Rumours about the pandemic and vaccinations are commonplace. Our methodology prevents the spread of misinformation across communities in Burkina Faso, and beyond.
Co-developing a city-wide strategy for peace
People in Buenaventura face ongoing violence from armed organisations. Researchers at the University of Sheffield and their partners at Javeriana University, CINEP and CORMEPAZ, have been awarded the Economic & Social Research Council’s Societal Impact Prize for the coproduction of a peace strategy.
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.
Tackling gender inequality in Latin America
Gender equality is a human right. But how do you shift societal views of women in one of the most unequal regions in the world? Research at the University of Sheffield is at the forefront of promoting gender equality in Latin American schools by celebrating women who helped shape the region.
Impact of federalisation on Nepal's health system
Prior to the start of the pandemic, Nepal was in the midst of a major political restructure. Researchers at the University of Sheffield are investigating the prospects and challenges of decentralising the healthcare system, and how this restructuring has affected the delivery of healthcare during COVID-19.
Resilience policymaking in Nepal: giving voice to communities
An innovative project has used video to help communities in Nepal voice their experiences of natural disaster to the policymakers responsible for disaster risk reduction strategies.
Radio and women's empowerment
Women in Niger are victim to widespread gender inequality. This is enforced by a lack of knowledge regarding their legal rights and best health practices. But radio could provide a platform for female empowerment.
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.
A new approach to the water infrastructure challenge in Africa
Researchers from the University of Sheffield are part of a centre that is trying a new approach to support nine partner universities across Africa to tackle water infrastructure challenges.
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.
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%.