At the core of SDG 8, is the great challenge of obtaining economic growth without compromising the environment while also ensuring full employment and respect for labour rights. Economic progress must be inclusive and in harmony with the planetary boundaries. The COVID-19 pandemic has put enormous pressure on development, the geopolitical landscape has severely deteriorated with imminent risks of escalation of conflicts, we are nowhere near the reductions needed to avoid a climate collapse, and the great majority of indicators of ecosystems and biodiversity are showing rapid decline. The existing economic system is unsustainable and the need to pursue further research in areas such as sustainable economic growth, resource efficiency, full employment, occupational health and safety, and policies for just and well-functioning labour markets is critical. For the same reasons, it is critical to synthesise existing research and urgently transfer that knowledge to society.
Critically scrutinise the goal, targets, and indicators of SDG 8, to reveal biases, contradictions, and links to other SDGs
Identify and synthesise research in support of the implementation of the SDG 8 targets
Accelerate the implementation of research through research-to-policy interaction, including dialogue and potentially input to the Voluntary National Reviews that all countries present at the UN High Level Political Forum.
Advance knowledge by identifying key areas for further research
Integrate research-based knowledge on SDG 8 in higher education
Call for contributions - extended to 22 - June
This will be the second international research conference on Sustainable Development Goal 8 at the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg, and we invite researchers to contribute to the content by submitting abstracts of current or recent research, as well as relevant examples of educational or collaborative activities. We welcome researchers from all over the world to contribute to this years conference and we encourage contributions in particular from r researchers at the satellite universities, ideally expressing the connection to one or several of the targets of SDG 8.