Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

  • IIES (Institute for International Economic Studies) researches economic development
  • The Department of Statistics project, A more just picture of average incomes, is developing a way to create a better estimate of skewed populations by avoiding the outliers that affect the average and give a misleading picture.
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre has received a grant from Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) to strengthen the ties between resilience and development issues. Guidance for resilience in the Anthropocene: investments for development focuses on the prioritised regions in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia to contribute to better living conditions for people living in poverty and oppression.

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

  • ACES (Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry) has a number of projects that support access to safe food through identifying sources of chemical contamination in the food supply chain. The research has led to strategies to reduce contaminants. One concrete example is the presence of dioxin in herring from the Baltic Sea which has led to a strong limit of its use as food. Another example with the presence of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in food packaging.
  • The Bolin Centre for Climate Research (which subsumed Ekoklim in 2016) and Stockholm Resilience Centre research sustainability in land use and agriculture.
  • The departments in the Biology Section does research with high relevance to this goal, as do many other departments and centres at the university.

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  • ACES (Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry) conducts wide-ranging research in toxicology that includes humans, animals and plants.
  • ARC (Aging Research Center) researches the elderly and aging. The ARC is a multidisciplinary project between Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet, KI. The centre conducts research within four broad areas:
    - Longevity, morbidity, and functionning
    - Treatment and care of older persons
    - Health trends and inequality
    - Brain aging
  • CHESS (Centre for Health Equity Studies) primarily focuses on inequality in health, i.e. the systematic differences in health and survival among individuals and socially defined groups. One example of CHESS’s projects is Working conditions and health among the self-employed – the role of industry, gender and country of birth.
  • The Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute (MBW), like many other departments at Stockholm University, conducts basic research with high relevance to medicine.
  • SciLifeLab is a national centre for molecular biosciences with focus on health and environmental research in partnership with Karolinska Institute, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) and Uppsala University.
  • SoRAD (Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs) is an interdisciplinary research centre with the mission to initiate and conduct sociological research on drugs and alcohol. Lately they have broadened their focus to include tobacco and gambling.
  • The Stress Research Institute is a national knowledge centre in the areas of stress reactions, sleep and health.
  • Swetox is a national platform created to be able to meet the need for safe chemicals and a non-toxic environment. Swetox is a collaboration among eleven Swedish Universities.

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

  • The University’s mission includes ensuring an inclusive and equal education of high quality as well as promoting lifelong learning.
  • Stockholm University participates in national education initiatives like VAL (Continuing Education for Teachers), directed toward people working as school teachers who lack teacher credentials, as well as Korta vägen (“Short cut”), a labour market training programme for university educated people newly arrived to Sweden.
  • The Bolin Centre for Climate Research runs a climate research school in partnership with upper secondary schools in the Stockholm area where teachers, pupils and researchers together conduct climate research.
  • CeUL (Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching) works to ensure a high quality education at all levels within Stockholm University. CeUL supports teachers and departments in developing teaching and creating good educational environments to facilitate students’ learning in the best way possible.
  • Department of Geological Sciences (IGV), the Department of Astronomy and others offer a wide range of excursions and evening courses to support lifelong learning. These programmes lend themselves to teachers and the general public.
  • The Department of Education (IPD) runs a project concerning Gender and Education.

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 

  • Gender studies at Stockholm University includes research projects on aging and sexuality; dementia and self-determination; science and sex; democracy and literature; and views on history and gender among other topics.
  • The Department of Social Work runs a project examining the use of experience-based knowledge in work with vulnerable girls from foreign backgrounds.
  • Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre researches consumer-oriented mobile services within entertainment, social communication and public services. The use of beneficial technology, particularly within information and communication, can promote women’s empowerment. 
  • The Department of Economics runs a project on equality and the job market. 
  • One of the research areas of SOFI (Swedish Institute for Social Research) is entitled Genus och social trygghet I olika länder (Gender and social protection in different countries). It analyses different security solutions from an equality perspective in order to pinpoint the best ones, primarily for developing countries. 
  • SPaDE (Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe) conducts research on European social policy, welfare and family dynamics.

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

  • ACES (Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry) conducts significant research on the quality of groundwater. One concrete example is the discovery of perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFASs) in the groundwater, an issue which has become Sweden’s largest chemical pollution problem. 
  • The Bolin Centre for Climate Research and Stockholm Resilience Centre both conduct research that concerns water and water use in diverse ways. 
  • The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry conducts research on how effective water treatment filters can be created using renewable resources like cellulose, among other topics. 
  • The Department of Physical Geography conducts research and education about water resources, hydrology and water quality among its subjects. One example is the master’s programme in hydrology, hydrogeology and water resources. It treats water as a resource – its administration and cooperation and competition over water on global, regional and local levels. 

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy

  • The Department of Physics and Stanford University work together on a project entitled Probing catalysis in operando conditions and real time with the goal of establishing a fundamental understanding of catalysis. In the long run this could become the basis for climate-neutral energy production and utilization. 
  • The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry conducts research on the production of biogas and carbon dioxide capture. 
  • The Department of Organic Chemistry conducts research on the production of renewable fuels from the waste products of paper production. 

Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all 

  • IIES (Institute for International Economic Studies) researches economic growth. 
  • SOFI (Swedish Institute for Social Research), a part of the Department of Public Health Sciences, researches public policy, welfare, inequality and job market processes. Examples include considerations of different aspects of how the job market functions with regards to salaries and mobility both nationally and internationally. SOFI also investigates differing access to the job market. 
  • SoRAD (Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs) runs a project entitled Rättigheter och skyldigheter i välfärdsstaten (Rights and responsibilities of the welfare state). 
  • SULCIS (Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies) researches integration policies. Studies analyse policies for newly arrived people at the regional and national levels. Another research area with a connection to the goal is Migrationens orsaker och effekter (Migation’s causes and effects) which analyses the effects of the new EU migration influx on salary, employment and the welfare state. 

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

  • ACES (Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry) works actively with the European chemicals legislation that help create sustainable technical development and sustainable innovation by ensuring that new products and technologies don’t hurt the environment or people. 
  • DSV (Department of Computer and Systems Sciences) researches information and communication technology for developing countries. 
  • EXSELENT, a partnership between the departments of the chemistry section and industry, conducts innovative research into the production of new, practical, porous materials. 
  • Stockholm Business School (SBS) researches types of entrepreneurship and sustainable development. They investigate the development of new forms of entrepreneurship and how these relate to positive impacts on society and sustainable development.
  • Stockholm University has an Innovation Office that supports the development of innovation. Examples of these innovations are soil purification using crop production (Phytoenvitech), small-scale production of biogases (NeoZeo), environmentally friendly modification of wood surfaces (Organoclick), analysis of toxins in boat hulls (Happy Boat), development of pharmaceuticals and diagnostic tools for illness as well as development of systems and services to support independent living despite illness or age.

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

  • The Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies (ERG) offers a bachelor’s programme in diversity studies. The programme treats diversity in the broad sense with relation to similarities and differences in thoughts and experiences from various combinations of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, (dis)ability and age.
  • IIES (Institute for International Economic Studies) leads a project entitled Income Inequality, micro and macro perspectives.
  • The Department of Sociology has a project on parents’ income distribution and its impact on income inequality among families.
  • SOFI (Swedish Institute of Social Research) has studied the Swedish level of living since 1968 through the Swedish Level-of-Living Survey (LNU) (Levnadsnivåundersökningen).
  • SULCIS (Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies) has a number of research areas that relate to this goal, among others: Segregering på bostads- och arbetsmarknaden (Segregation in the Housing and Job Market) studies the effect of residential segregation on the job market. It also researches and unequal opportunities in the form of discrimination in the job market and financial markets.

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

  • The Department of Biology Education (BIG) has a master’s programme in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development.
  • The Department of Human Geography runs a project entitled Information and Communication Technologies to Strengthen Sustainable City Management.
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre conducts research involving the connections among ecosystem services, biodiversity, societies and humankind in an urban context.

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

  • IIES (Institute for International Economic Studies) researches the taxation of fossil fuels.
  • The Department of Political Science has a research area on Environental Politics, Policy and Learning (EPPLE) where research is divided in three parts: global environmental governance, comparative environmental politics and learning and participation in natural resource management. The department has also started an international master’s programme in Environmental Social Science which focuses on the ecological, economic and social aspects of sustainability.

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

  • The Bolin Centre for Climate Research has newly merged with the research programme Ekoklim, broadening its research to include the consequences of climate change through research like carbon storage in rock and how negative effects on the environment and society can be minimised.
  • IIES (Institute for International Economic Studies) conducts research on climate policies in low-income countries with the long-term goal of limiting climate change in these countries.
  • The Department of Economics leads a project entitled Institutions and the Environment – New empirics of long-run environmental change.
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre collaborated in The Future Sahel project where Swedish, French and Senegalese researchers and the Agency of the Great Green Wall work to stop desertification in the Sahel.

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

  • ACES (Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry) has a number of large research projects concerning chemical pollutants. One example is research into the effect of antifouling paint on the ocean environment as well as strategies for reducing this kind of pollution in the marine environment.
  • The Centre for Maritime Studies (CEMAS) is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Swedish National Maritime Museums (SMM). Together they strengthen the field of maritime research through interdisciplinary partnerships among history, archaeology and ethnology.
  • The Department of Geological Sciences (IGV) conducts research on the geological structure and history of the sea floor with an eye toward mapping and utilising natural resources, understanding the preconditions for different habitats and detecting the dispersal and accumulation of environmental toxins. IGV also offers master’s classes in marine geology and geochemistry which focus on the above topics.
  • The Department of Physical Geography runs a project on the preservation of the oceans and their marine resources focusing on the environmental stressors to which the coasts and oceans have been subjected as well as how this will change with climate and other environmental impacts.
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre studies – among other topics – marine systems in order to gain a broader and deeper understanding of marine socio-ecological systems’ resilience and dynamics.
  • The Baltic Sea Centre conducts research in four areas: marine ecology and biodiversity, fish and fisheries, eutrophication, and environmental contaminants. The centre also has BEAM (Baltic Ecosystem Adaptive Management), a research programme on the ecosystem-based management of the Baltic Sea.

Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

  • The Biology Section leads a number of projects that promote the preservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.
  • The Bolin Centre for Climate Research investigates land-based ecosystems, biological diversity and soil degradation in a myriad of ways from both short- and long-term perspectives.
  • The Department of Geological Sciences has research projects that contribute to a fuller understanding of how resilient terrestrial ecosystems are when faced with substantial climate changes.
  • The Department of Physical Geography runs a research project on the role of water in the ecosystem and how changes in water conditions can lead to increased risks of drought, floods, erosion, pollution, damaged soil and land as well as changes in biodiversity.
  • The Faculty of Law hosts the Stockholm Environmental Law and Policy Centre. Through research, education and cooperation with other universities, institutions, governmental agencies and organisations, the centre contributes to legislative development at the national, European (EU) and international levels to protect the environment as well as people’s health and to promote sustainable development.
  • The Human Geography Department has a project entitled Resilience in East African Landscapes: Identifying critical thresholds and sustainable trajectories – past, present and future.

Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

  • Stockholm University runs a continuing education programme with, for example, Guangdong Province, China. Through the programme, higher-level public servants study for a couple of weeks in Sweden. The part of the programme for which Stockholm University is responsible includes political science, citizen involvement, democratisation and administration. The programme is a partnership between many departments.
  • The university president has invested 15 million SEK in the fields of children, migration and integration. The purpose for the collective funds is to deepen the understanding of our rapidly changing society and the consequences for preschools and schools, social services, the legal system, healthcare and child care, among others.
  • The Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace is part of the Department of Philosophy. The centre investigates the ethics of war and the mechanisms for peace in the 21st century and studies how traditional theories of war can be revised in light of modern warfare and developments in terrorism.
  • The Stockholm Centre for the Rights of the Child is a research centre in the Department of Law. Its research and activities focus on children’s rights and on legal issues relating children in a broad spectrum of situations and in many different areas of law. The overarching purpose of these activities is to create a platform for researchers in children’s rights in in Stockholm University’s faculties of social sciences and humanities.
  • SCORE (Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research) runs a research programme GLOBEGOV (Global Governance Research Programme) that looks at how the globalisation of markets and companies opens up new possibilities but also presents new risks to citizens and states.
  • SOCPOL/Social Policy, a research unit of SOFI (Swedish Institute of Social Research), studies the development of the welfare state as well as the socio-political effects at the individual and societal levels, often from an international, comparative perspective.
  • The Department of Public Health Sciences runs a project entitled Rättigheter och skyldigheter i välfärdsstaten (Rights and Responsibilities in the Welfare State). It analyses how users of welfare services and professionals in the welfare state understand their rights and responsibilities as different constituent groups. It also surveys the relationship between rights and responsibilities.
  • Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE) researches European social policy, welfare and family dynamics.

Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

  • Stockholm University participates in different networks that address sustainability including the global Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDNS) with membership since 2014. UN created SDNS in 2012 to harness the knowledge, experience and resources of the academy, business and civil society in order to solve practical problems surrounding sustainable development as well as to consider and implement the Agenda 2030 goals.
  • Another example is UniverCity Partnerships which brings together universities, states and regions to work together on societal challenges and innovations with a focus on the universities’ role in contributing to sustainable development and solutions for tomorrow’s cities.
  • Stockholm University will host a recurring forum focusing on the 17 sustainability goals.
  • The Swedish government founded the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI), an international actor in research on development and the environment. The institute has a clear focus on policy issues and the application of integrated knowledge and action to reduce the distance between research and decision making. Stockholm University and SEI have a well-established partnership surrounding environmental and development research. The university’s president sits on the board of SEI and the institute’s researchers are welcome to be affiliated with the university.