Friction or Positive Interaction – Are the SDGs compatible? [EN, 90 min]

10.15 - 11.00 + 11.15 - 12.00 | Prof. Dr. Shyama V. Ramani, Professorial fellow at UNU-MERIT

Maria Tomai, PhD fellow at UNU-MERIT


Can the Global Goals be achieved together? Workshop on exploring the relationship between the 17 SDGs: learn how to find realistic (local) solutions for our global challenges. Discuss, learn, make new friends – and become an SDG ambassador!


Interactions among the SDGs and their specific targets and indicators are drawing increasing attention from scholars and practitioners. Some SDG targets seem complementary, e.g. sustainable food production and ending deforestation, while others could be mutually exclusive. For instance, some types of interventions to increase food security may worsen global climate change and ‘harmony with nature’ is not likely to mix easily with targets of continued global economic growth!


Understanding these potential trade-offs, as well as synergistic relations among different SDGs, is crucial for achieving long-lasting sustainable development. During this workshop, participants will be challenged to come up with realistic solutions to the global challenges as given by the SDG targets, keeping in mind their underlying interdependencies. Is an integrative solution design even possible?


That’s what we intend to brainstorm about in our workshop! Working in teams, we invite you to develop your own indicators to map and measure (if possible) your routes to parts of the different goals. So come, discuss, learn, make new friends – and become an SDG ambassador!


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Shyama Ramani

Prof. Dr. Shyama V. Ramani is a Professorial fellow at the United Nations University-MERIT. Her research focuses on the relationships between technology, innovation and their governance for inclusive development. She is currently studying the role of technology and innovation to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the corporate social responsibility of firms with respect to innovation for the SDGs. Dr. Ramani holds a PhD in economics from Cornell University, USA. After the tsunami of December 2004, she founded a charity action-research unit ‘Friend in Need’, which aims to improve sanitation coverage and hygiene conditions in rural India. It is actively supported by the field participation of European and Indian students. In 2017, she co-founded SITE4Society, to bridge gaps between academics and society, via events and understandable publication briefs dealing with science, innovation, technology and engagement - for societal welfare.


Maria Tomai

Maria Tomai is a PhD Fellow at the United Nations University-MERIT. Her research focuses on sustainable urban planning and transitions to a circular economy, with focus on behavioural change interventions. She holds a MSc. in Global Innovation Economics from the Maastricht University and a BSc. in Business Administration from the Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece. Her masters' dissertation was on the topic of solid waste management in European countries, analysing the challenges, solution designs and pathways for possible catch-up, taking Maastricht and Athens as case studies. She recently extended this exploration to the context of emerging countries, undertaking field research in Accra, Ghana. Maria is also a member of SITE4Society, co-organising local and international workshops on the SDGs, Circular Economy and other relevant topics.

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