Title: SDGs4I – Identifying Interactions 4 SDG Implementation in Ireland

Start Year: 2019

End Year: 2020

Funding body: Environmental Protection Agency

Research Area: Marine Governance, Climate Change and Adaptation

Research partner/host: MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, Environmental Research Institute, UCC, Ireland

Project Partner(s): International Council for Science

Principal Investigator: Dr Martin Le Tissier, MaREi, University College Cork, Ireland

Research Assistant: Hester Whyte, MaREI, University College Cork, Ireland

Project website: www.sdg4i.ie


This research project is an 18 month project and focuses on SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals, and specifically 17.14: Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development.

How science and knowledge can inform a robust policy framework for implementation of the SDGs.

The identification of effective implementation strategies needs to be supported by coordinated policies that take into account the multiple relationships existing between the 17 Goals and 169 Targets.

The planned research recognises that SDGs are not a means to their own end, but are a tool to reach ‘The Future we want’ in Ireland, which underpins Agenda 2030 across National to International contexts.

This project is funded under the EPA Research programme 2014-2020. The EPA Research Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Work Packages

The project focusses on SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, and specifically target 17.14: Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development.

Increasing capacities to identify, understand and manage interactions and interconnections of Sustainable Development Goals and how best can science and knowledge inform a robust policy framework for implementation of the SDGs.

WORKPACKAGE TWO – Review of SDG interactions and analytics

A comprehensive reporting of critical nodes for SDG implementation in Ireland, and the goals and targets that will be most influential in aligning with and delivering on the country’s priorities.

WORKPACKAGE THREE – Methodology for mapping key interactions across all SDGs

A toolkit for evidence-informed approaches to address the multiple challenges encapsulated by the SDGs. Strengthening of scientific evidence in SDGs implementation including costs, benefits and spill-over effects of SDGs implementation.
Stronger connections between the national and the international scientific community.

WORKPACKAGE FOUR -Implementation and validation methodology for mapping key interactions across all SDGs

A policy brief and guidance on implementation of SDGs in Ireland accounting for cross linkages and interactions between SDG goals and targets.

WORKPACKAGE FIVE – Communication and Dissemination

Improved awareness of the impacts posed by the relationship and interactions between SDG goals and targets with national policy priorities.