United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Supervisor: Dr Mariano Ramirez

In 2015 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs), a ‘plan of action for people, planet and prosperity’, embodied in 17 goals with 169 targets and 230 indicators. The SDG targets are universal and apply to both developed and developed countries, all of whom pledged to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable would not be left behind. ‘We can be the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation in history to end injustice and inequality, and the last generation to be threatened by climate change’

This ID Honours Research Stream on the UN SDGs will support project proposals from students along the lines of:

  • solutions addressing particular SDG targets and indicators, focused on Australia or international student’s home country (note: overseas might need to interview participants
  • applying the ‘fun theory’ to nudge and influence people towards responsible production and consumption
  • product-service system solutions to climate crisis issues, such as disaster prevention or response or rehabilitation
  • environmentally positive product designs which also make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • design solutions to achieve gender equality or to reduce inequalities
  • reducing global food waste and waste overall
  • products which empower people to urgently take action on climate change
  • systemic solutions for preventing and reducing microplastics in the oceans