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16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

As of 10 March 2021

Times Higher Education (THE), Vertigo Ventures and Elsevier collaborated on search queries representing the research in the first 16 SDGs. These search queries are what THE uses to score the research component of each SDG Impact Rank. Full details of the methodology for each SDG search query are available on Mendeley.

You can see research highlights from SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions below. We gathered these from the Elsevier products Scopus or SciVal. Unless otherwise noted, we use a timeframe of 2015-2020.

SDG 16 Word cloud

Top 50 Key phrases in the SDG 16 related research. The larger the word, the higher frequency of occurrence. Green indicates increasing in occurrence, and blue indicates decreasing. Source: SciVal


Top 5 Global Corporations 2Top global corporations

  1. RAND Corporation USA flag
  2. IBM USA flag
  3. Microsoft USA flag
  4. SINTEF Norway flag
  5. ICF International USA flag

2 The corporations with the most SDG 16 research according to SciVal.

UN Designated SDG 16 Academic Hub

De Montfort University United Kingdom UK flag

De Montfort University (DMU) is an institution committed to the public good and to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is a university proud to be among the most diverse in the world with a public engagement program that each year carries out hundreds of projects with students contributing over 20,000 hours through volunteering and taking part in events, believing that universities are uniquely placed to make a difference.

Visit SDG 16 Academic Hub

Top research institutions per continent 3Top research institutions

  1. Africa - University of Cape Town South Africa flag
  2. Asia Pacific - University of Melbourne Australia flag
  3. Europe - University of Oxford UK flag
  4. Middle East - Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel flag
  5. North America - Harvard University USA flag
  6. South America - Universidade de São Paulo Brazil flag

3 The institution with the most SDG 16 research in each continent according to SciVal

Top 3 most prolific authors 4

Top 3 Topics 5

TopicDocument count
1. Intimate Partner Violence; Domestic Violence; Violence Against Women23
2. Sexual Assault; Bystander; Crime Victims11
3. Intimate Partner Violence; Crime Victims; Physical Abuse8

Most recent article related to this SDG:

The Lasting Influence of a Peer-led Adolescent Relationship Abuse Prevention Program on Former Peer Leaders’ Relationships, Identities, and Trajectories in Emerging Adulthood

Johnson, N. P., Sundaram, M. A., Alder, J., Miller, E., & Ragavan, M. I. (2020). The lasting influence of a peer-led adolescent relationship abuse prevention program on former peer leaders’ relationships, identities, and trajectories in emerging adulthood. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, DOI: 10.1177/08862605209679091

Top 3 Topics 5:

TopicDocument count
1. Cyberbullying; Crime Victims; Participant Roles61
2. Transgender Persons; Sexual and Gender Minorities; Homosexual Male11
3. Intimate Partner Violence; Crime Victims; Physical Abuse6

Most recent article related to this SDG:

The Role of Middle School Sports Involvement in Understanding High School Sexual Violence Perpetration

Basile, K. C., Espelage, D. L., Ingram, K. M., Simon, T. R., & Berrier, F. L. (2020). The role of middle school sports involvement in understanding high school sexual violence perpetration. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, DOI: 10.1177/0886260520922357

Top 3 Topics 5:

TopicDocument count
1. Open Government; E-Participation; E-Governance54
2. Smart Cities; Municipal Administration; Internet of Things10
3. Information Quality; Data Accuracy; Open Data7

Most recent article related to this SDG:

A Systematic Literature Study to Unravel Transparency Enabled by Open Government Data: The Window Theory
open access

Matheus, R., & Janssen, M. (2020). A systematic literature study to unravel transparency enabled by open government data: The window theory. Public Performance and Management Review, 43(3), 503-534. DOI: 10.1080/15309576.2019.1691025

4 The top 3 authors with the most SDG 16 research according to SciVal.

5 A Topic is a collection of documents with a common focused intellectual interest. Scopus publications are clustered into Topics based upon a direct citation analysis. Learn more.


Times Higher Education Impact Rankings: SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

THE measures universities’ research on life on law and international relations, their participation as advisers for government and their policies on academic freedom.

In April 2021, THE announced the top universities for SDG 15. Using their methodology, here are the top 3.

  1. Queen’s University Canada flag
  2. American University USA flag
  3. University of Bologna Italy flag

THE Impact Rankings Methodology: SDG 16

The methodology THE uses to determine the rank for this SDG is shown here.

The 27% Research portion breaks down into:

  • Proportion of papers in the top 10 per cent of journals as defined by Citescore 10,0%
  • Field-weighted citation index of papers produced by the university 10,0%
  • Number of publications 7,0%

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