The Bartlett School of Planning


Prof Catalina Turcu founds the UCL Sustainable Development Goals Research Accelerator

26 January 2023

A transdisciplinary and research-led initiative which aims to enable sustainable urban transformations by looking at how climate, health and urban goals can be aligned in partnership with relevant stakeholders in society and in synergy with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Visit the UCL SDG Research Accelerator website

The UK has to rapidly advance the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to meet the UN’s Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The UCL SDG Accelerator’s mission is to enable and speed up urban transformations which are sustainable and at the scale and pace required to meet such goals via knowledge creation and knowledge transfer. Its purpose is to undertake and support transdisciplinary research and policy dialogues which align climate (SDG13), health (SDG3) and urban (SDG11) goals in partnership with relevant stakeholders in society (SDG17) and in synergy with other UN SDGs. The UCL SDG Research Accelerator builds on the legacy of the Stockholm Cities Partnership and, is supported by UCL Global and the Stockholm Trio Alliance made of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University.

In addition to founding the UCL SDG Research Accelerator, Catalina Turcu is Professor of Susainable Built Envionment at The Bartlett School of Planning and  Academic Director of UCL Stockholm City Partnership (Climate Change and Health in the City).