Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape
As the UN launches new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the world’s leaders, businesses and research institutes are exploring how they can best contribute to the agenda.
Science, technology and innovation have long been recognized as the basis for socioeconomic development and as core contributors to sustainable development.
- But are all aspects of sustainable development being addressed equally?
- Which countries are leading, and where could research be developed?
- Are the papers having the impact needed to make a real difference?
Sustainability science has a high impact
This report – a collaboration between Elsevier and SciDev.Net – examines the status of sustainability science as a research field.
By looking at research output and citation impact, research collaboration and interdisciplinary research, this report contributes to our understanding of sustainable development, analyzing how far sustainability science has progressed as a discipline.
As such, it aims to support the dialogue between society and science under the UN SDGs and adds to our knowledge of sustainability science in the global landscape.
This study is a useful first step in helping us to understand the emerging field of 'sustainability science'. The results of the research will enable us to map sustainable research – helping us to explore the structural relations and the examples of promising practice which shape and facilitate international research publishing, and in doing so revealing gaps and opportunities.Nick Perkins, Director, SciDev.Net
We have analyzed a comprehensive body of global research to draw out the strengths and gaps in the fields of sustainability. We aim to spur a deeper dialogue between all the key stakeholders to advance an understanding of these new disciplines.Youngsuk "Y.S." Chi, Chairman of Elsevier
The challenges are great, but we believe that science and evidence can help us to shape our world for the better for future generations.
We have been considering the effectiveness of the Millennium Goals in achieving their objective to focus the minds of policy makers. The question now becomes: how can we translate that momentum to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? There is a huge knowledge gap between what we know how to do today and what is needed for the future. That knowledge gap is filled by research, including in peer-reviewed journals.Ashish K. Jha, Director, Harvard Global Health Institute