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About the SDG Accelerator

Learn more about the SDG Accelerator's mission to align climate (SDG13) and health (SDG3) goals in cities (SDG11), in partnership with relevant stakeholders (SDG17) and in synergy with other UN SDGs.

UCL SDGs Research Accelerator About us

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The SDG Research Accelerator is a research-led and transdisciplinary initiative that aims to produce scientific evidence through processes of participatory engagement between researchers and societal stakeholders in order to advance the understanding and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) towards sustainable urban transformations. It is primarily focusing on understanding how climate (SDG13), health (SDG3) and urban (SDG11) goals can be aligned in cities, in partnership with communities, policymakers and industry (SDG17), and in synergy with other SDGs.


To meet the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the UK has to rapidly advance the implementation of the 17 UN SDG goals and targets. The SDG Accelerator’s mission is to contribute, via co-creation and transfer of knowledge, towards urban transformations which are sustainable and at the scale and pace required to meet such goals and targets. This is done through:

  • A focus on challenge-driven research – this is research that investigates and seeks actionable solutions for a real-life problem.
  • Co-creation of scientific evidence – which is jointly produced between academics and non-academic partners.
  • Transfer of knowledge – which supports mutually collaborations between universities, the public sector and industry.

Advisory Board

The SDG Research Accelerator seeks advice and recommendations from relevant experts who provide oversight and strategic direction.

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