Just launched the Taylor and Francis Sustainable Development Goals Online Collection of materials
The Sustainable Development Goals Online Collection
Sustainable Development Goals Online (SDGO) is an interdisciplinary collection of digital content, including Taylor & Francis’ books and journals across all disciplines, themed around the SDGs. SDGO includes more than 12,000 carefully selected articles and chapters in an online library covering the 17 SDGs, plus teaching and learning materials including presentations, videos, case studies, teaching guides, and lesson plans.
The collection was created in partnership with United Nations agencies including the Principles for Responsible Management Education, PRME, and guided by an international Advisory Board of academics, practitioners, policy-makers, and officers in third sector, government, and NGOs.
It supports teaching, learning and research in the fields associated with the SDGs. A proportion of the collection will always be free to access, and Taylor & Francis work with agencies globally to ensure material is accessible in low-GDP regions.
The aim of the new platform is to enable students and tutors to deliver the change they want throughout their careers and lives.
According to a global survey of 1,800 recent university graduates, 96% expect to be involved in sustainability in some way during their careers. 70% of respondents also believe that sustainability should be covered by their university course. Those students believe their university should teach them how to apply the principles of sustainability in their careers, equipping them to be effective advocates for the changes that they know needs to happen through their whole lifetime. And they are putting pressure on universities to meet their expectations.
This pressure means that the momentum for sustainable education is building across the world.
Harnessing the energy and brainpower of the student population behind the SDGs, Taylor & Francis is looking to help build the next generation of leaders who have sustainable development hard-wired into their sensibilities with its launch of SDGO.
Welcoming the launch of the platform Annie Callanan, CEO of Taylor & Francis, said:
“Both students and funding bodies are setting the bar on sustainable development for universities ever higher. Part of our response at Taylor & Francis is Sustainable Development Goals Online, a platform that will give academics from across disciplines access to the knowledge and materials which will help them provide the teaching their students believe they need to succeed. And it will give their students the ability to provide their best positive contribution to sustainable development.”
The SDGs were launched by the United Nations in 2015, as a 17-point, 15-year, multi-trillion pound call to arms for the world’s nations to fix global problems. Though some notable progress has been made, the SDGs risk being stalled or derailed by populist political agenda issues.
Jonas Haertle – from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Switzerland – says that
“to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the coming years, we need forward-thinking and responsible leadership, underpinned with education and research.”
“The SDGO collection from Taylor & Francis is a significant contribution to that underpinning. Now more than ever we need to take action to ensure a truly sustainable future for all.”
Go to the main SDG platform here. Click at the top of the page for choosing which SDG you want information on - this will include chapters, articles and teaching and learning materials.
There will be a number of thought leaders articles. The first two includes one by me :-)
The second by Alex Hope
Advisory BoardAdvisory Board will be guiding us on our journey as we build and develop the SDG Online collection in the years ahead. Meet some of our advisors here:
Prof. Geoffrey Beattie: Edge Hill University, UK; Dr. Nancy Brown: Florida Atlantic University, USA; Prof. Pamela Chasek: Manhattan College, USA; Prof. Horman Chitonge: University of Cape Town, South Africa; Pauline Deutz: President, International Sustainable Development Research Society, University of Hull, UK; Adjunct Prof. Felix Dodds: University of North Carolina, USA
Jonas Haertle: UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR); Prof. Dennis R Heldman: Ohio State University, USA; Paul Jackson: University of Birmingham, UK; Prof. Tahseen Jafry: Director, The Centre for Climate Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK; Suraj Kumar: Kalinga Institute of Social Science, India; Florencia Librizzi: PRME, UN Global Compact; John McDonald: GE Grid Solutions; Dr Louis Meuleman: Member UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA); Cyril Obi: Social Science Research Council, Program Director African Peacebuilding Network (APN), and Next Generation Social Science Research (Next-Gen) programs; Dr. Adrian Parr: University of Texas at Arlington, USA; Dr. Abbas Rajabifard: University of Melbourne, Australia; Gayle Souter-Brown: Founder / Director Greenstone Design UK; Dr. iur. Gabriela Steier: Founder, Food Law International; Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail: United States Geological Survey; Prof. Carlos Alberto Torres: UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education, University of California-Los Angeles, USA; Koen Timmers: PXL University, Belgium; Prof. James Trevelyan: The University of Western Australia; Prof. John Wilson: Donghua University, China; Dr. Jiujun Zhang: Institute for Sustainable Energy/College of Sciences, Shanghai University, China
Taylor and Francis Group
Taylor & Francis Group, which includes Routledge Publishing publishes more than 2,500 journals and over 5,000 new books each year, with a books backlist in excess of 120,000 specialist titles. We are providers of quality information and knowledge that enable our customers to perform their jobs efficiently, enhance their education, and help contribute to the advancement of their chosen market sectors.
Taylor & Francis Group is part of Informa plc which operates at the heart of the Knowledge and Information Economy. It is one of the world’s leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events businesses. Informa has more than 11,000 employees globally, with offices and operational centres around the world.
The foundations of Taylor & Francis were laid when in 1798 Richard Taylor launched the Philosophical Magazine, one of the first scientific journals produced by an independent company. Routledge was founded in 1836, and is the world's leading academic book publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2011 it absorbed Earthscan which had originally been set up in 1980 by the International Institute of Environment and Development. Earthscan authors include Lester Brown, Walt Patterson, Al Gore (Earth in the Balance), the IPCC, Tim Jackson (Prosperity Without Growth), Amory Lovins (Natural Capitalism), Molly Scott Cato, Jonathon Porritt, Felix Dodds (One One Earth), Chris Goodall (How to Live a Low-Carbon Life), Oliver Payne (Inspiring Sustainable Behaviour: 19 Ways to Ask for Change), Clive Hamilton (Requiem for a Species), and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr.