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Subject: Call for papers: The Sustainable Development Goals - Assessing interlinkages, trade-offs and synergies for policy design

1.  Call for papers: The Sustainable Development Goals - Assessing interlinkages, trade-offs and synergies for policy design

Posted 02-24-2017 03:47
For the special issues of the open-access, open-assessment e-journal 'Economics', the Institute for the World Economy Kiel (IfW), the Center for Development Research University of Bonn (ZEF), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and SDSN Germany invite research articles and commentaries dealing with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a complex system comprising 169 targets and currently about 230 indicators. The Agenda emphasizes that the interlinkages and integrated nature of the SDGs are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realized. As countries are gearing up to design and implement policies towards attaining the SDGs, these interlinkages are becoming highly relevant. Moreover, possible trade-offs have to be dealt with and synergies will be challenging to achieve. Sufficient and coordinated action requires national and international policy frameworks with adequate assessment, monitoring, and evaluation procedures. Comprehensive research to transparently reveal interlinkages, potential trade-offs and synergies between the various goals and targets is crucial to guide policy and facilitate civil society as well as business engagement. Accordingly, analytical models and practical tools are needed to i) identify interlinkages, ii) assess trade-offs, iii) identify priority action, and iv) promote synergies by adopting multi-purpose solutions.

Invited are disciplinary (in particular from the field of economics and political science) and interdisciplinary research articles and commentaries to address these needs by focusing on:

  • conceptual and theoretical analyses of SDG interlinkages, potential trade-offs and synergies,
  • qualitative and quantitative assessment of potential trade-offs among SDGs and related policies,
  • applications of data dimensionality reduction methods and/or structure revealing methods to measure SDG goals,
  • evaluations and case-studies of sub-national, national, regional, and international action towards achieving SDG, and
  • assessment of the compatibility and synergies with  existing domestic and international policies, agreements, and initiatives (e.g. WTO, EU-regulations, G20) with the SGDs.

In particular invited are contributions with focus on SDG 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development) which address the role of finance, technology, capacity building, trade or achieving sustainable development.


Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2017

More information on the call for contributions are available here 


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See also: Report on the "The Contribution of Science in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals"
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2.  RE: Call for papers: The Sustainable Development Goals - Assessing interlinkages, trade-offs and synergies for policy design

Posted 03-20-2017 14:45
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Are you focussing on synergies, or is it also possible to point to the incoherencies between goalsand targets which migt block the implementation if each is taken as sacrosanct? In the real world, unlike in political compromises, it does not work to adopt a position which is contradictory in itself. I think some targets have to go over board to save others, but the jury is still out which ones will win in th end.
This goes beyond the scientific criticism published by ICSU et al. and is a deeply political matter, as I have elaborated in the attached paper.
Kind regards
Joachim H Spangenberg
SERI Germany