UCC maps research to UN SDGs

University College Cork (UCC) has launched a report highlighting the action researchers are taking to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.  

UCC is the first university in Ireland to undertake such a comprehensive mapping of its research to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UN SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Throughout 2022, the university undertook a project to analyse how its research aligned to the SDGs, with more than 490 researchers engaging in 32 workshops. The findings are published in today’s report entitled ‘The contribution of UCC Research to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals’.

By mapping UCC research to the UN SDGs through this framework, we can see the impact of our research on delivering on sustainable development goals. Now, more than ever, it is essential that universities continue to contribute to making the world a more sustainable place for all. As the government launches its new National Implementation Plan for the Sustainable Development Goals 2022-2024, UCC will continue increase Ireland’s ambition and commitment to achieve the SDGs. UCC will continue to prioritise our research and curriculum to enable our graduates and staff to deliver on these important global grand challenges.
Professor John O’ Halloran
University College Cork

Professor John Cryan, Vice President for Research & Innovation, outlined how UCC researchers are at forefront of pioneering research and innovation: “UCC researchers are addressing the most concerning sustainable development issues facing the world. This report demonstrates the huge commitment to the SDGs among researchers across all 27 schools and research centres in UCC. Through our UCC Futures programme, our researchers will build on this success to accelerate research and innovation to respond to the world’s greatest challenges, securing a more just and inclusive future.”

Research to protect the environment, to tackle poverty, and promote good health for all are among the research projects highlighted in the report from UCC.  The report acknowledges the pivotal role university research plays in tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges.

The report also offers insights on research and initiatives, developed by UCC researchers together with partners, to map research within each SDG area. It aims to better understand the UCC research community’s global sustainable development efforts and assess the progress made.

View the SDGs in UCC Research website.

Download the report.

The event took place in the historic Aula Maxima UCC, 30 November 2022. With the welcome and general introduction by Julie O’Donoghue, Research Support Officer. UCC President, Professor John O’Halloran and UCC Vice President for Research and Innovation, Professor John Cryan were among the speakers. Photo By Tomas Tyner, UCC.