The local SDGs in Socio-Ecological Practice Research

Achieving the SDGs under Uncertainty: Connecting Sustainability Knowledge and Action at the Local Level (Call for Submissions)

Guest Editors: Enayat A. Moallemi, Brett A. Bryan

The Local SDGs team is editing a Special Issue (SI) in Socio-Ecological Practice Research (SEPR).

We invite submissions that can make significant contribution to socio-ecological practice research by effectively harnessing models and participatory processes to provide scientific advice on drawing robust pathways towards local SDGs under global change from the bottom-up and on shaping implementable actions with stakeholder participation for our SI on ‘Achieving the SDGs under Uncertainty: Connecting Sustainability Knowledge and Action at the Local Level’ in SEPR.

The universally accepted UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 SDGs are a key part of the widely recognised transformational change that nations need to adopt to achieve sustainability within their countries and regions. Despite the past successful efforts toward achieving the SDGs, challenges persist in implementing this global framework locally and in creating impacts on the ground. Local communities often lack capacity and resources to identify and implement pathways to desirable future agendas, that are set at national and internal scales and under uncertainty. These challenges along with an increasing recognition of a united effort from local actors (including cities and local communities) have led to a strong global interest in achieving an ‘inclusive’ definition of sustainability, the one that is defined within socio-cultural, economic, and environmental localities. A highly nuanced investigation of local conditions and capacities with communities and stakeholders along with the need to develop robust pathways will demand a plurality of bespoke qualitative and quantitative methods and approaches in local implementation of SDGs.