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Open Access Research for Sustainable Development Goals: Introduction

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The 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) marks a breakthrough towards more sustainable development at global, regional, national and local levels. At the same time, it fundamentally challenges societies at all levels to reorient and innovatively steer development pathways towards the set goals. This thematic focus on research for SDGs reflects and illustrates some of the challenges faced by science and research supporting the transformations required in view of achieving the SDGs.
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Keywords: 2030 Agenda; contextuality; justice; modes of research; sustainable development; transformative research

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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  • GAIA is a peer-reviewed inter- and transdisciplinary journal for scientists and other interested parties concerned with the causes and analyses of environmental and sustainability problems and their solutions.

    Environmental problems cannot be solved by one academic discipline. The complex natures of these problems require cooperation across disciplinary boundaries. Since 1991, GAIA has offered a well-balanced and practice-oriented forum for transdisciplinary research. GAIA offers first-hand information on state of the art environmental research and on current solutions to environmental problems. Well-known editors, advisors, and authors work to ensure the high quality of the contributions found in GAIA and a unique transdisciplinary dialogue – in a comprehensible style.

    GAIA is an ISI-journal, listed in the Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Science Citation Index and in Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences.

    All contributions undergo a double-blind peer review.

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