2023 Best Papers Awards!

Congratulations to the following researchers who received the award for Best Paper in their respective themes!

  • 1A. Building the capacity of research centers to engage at the science-policy interface to address the SDGs
    Dr. Lakshmi Raghupathy, Visiting Faculty, TERI School of Advanced Studies, India, for Bridging the Gap between Science and Policy through Higher Education 
    Joel Gill, et. al., Chief Executive Officer, Geology for Global Development, United Kingdom, for Geology for Global Development: An International Initiative to Strengthen the (Earth) Science-Policy Interface and Help Catalyze SDG Implementation
  • 1B. Enhancing responsible business education in the classroom through playful pedagogies
    Dr. Jeremy Williams, Professor of Practice, Zayed University, UAE, for The “Really Nice Fashion Company” ‘live’ simulation and the economics of business transformation: Playful learning and knowledge co-creation for an environmentally safe, socially just world
  • 1C. Higher education for sustainable development (ESD)
    Dr. John Barimo (Presenting), Manager of SDSN Ireland, and Dr. Gerard Mullally, Lecturer, both from the University College Cork, Ireland, for Walking at the Margins of the Anthropocene, and
    Dr. Alluri Venkata Nagavarma and Mr. Akula Ramesh, both Professors of Economics, D.N.R. P.G. College, Adikavi Nannyya University, India, for Transfer for Sustainable Development at Higher Education Institutions — Untapped Potential for Education for Sustainable Development and for Societal Transformation: Issues and Challenges
  • 1D Training and Education for the skillsets of a sustainable future
    Dr. Helen Bond, Professor of Education, Howard University, USA, for Environmental Justice​: Researching students’ changing attitudes towards sustainability​
  • 2A Data, knowledge, and technology to combat the climate crisis
    Mr. Dibyajyoti Dash
    , India, for Hydrogen’s potential in accelerating the transition to a circular economy
  • 2B. Linking the SDGs, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation and mitigation in sustainable land use and development planning
    Dr. Farhad Zulfiqar, Assistant Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and Ms. Kanwal Fiaz, Graduate Student, COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan, for Climate Sensitive Water Governance under Public and Community Managed Irrigation Systems
  • 2C. Nature-based solutions to pressing societal challenges
    Mr. Rakanda Pranidhana Djamal, Student, UFABC, Brazil; Student, TU Dortmund, Germany, for Identifying the Potential of Grey-Green (Hybrid) Infrastructure Approach Implementation in Indonesian Kampung (Case Study: Bandung Regency, Indonesia)
  • 3A. Sustainable development of mountain regions
    Dr. Grace Oshinfowokan, Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Muritala Oke, Senior Research Fellow, and Dr. Rasaq Olabomi, Senior Research Fellow, all of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru Jos, Nigeria, for Sustainable Development of Mountainous and Hilly Towns in Nigeria: Issues and Policy Direction
  • 3B. Sustainable resource management for socio-economic development
    Mrs. Chrysoula Chitou, PhD candidate, University of Ioannina, & Mrs. Stella Tsani, Associate Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, for Exploring the interplay between income inequality, natural resources, and political regimes: A Wavelet analysis
  • 3C. Transformation of food systems considering the SDGs nexus and spillover effects
    Mr. Andre Coelho & Dr. Sabine O’Hara, both of the University of the District of Columbia, USA, for Assessing Water-Energy-Food Nexus of Metro Regions: Input-Output Analysis Based Example for the Washington DC Metropolitan Area
  • 4. Progress Made by the Private Sector in Meeting the SDGs
    Ms. Alyssa Menz, PhD student, Yale University, USA, and Mr. Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University, USA, for From Pledge to Practice: Delivering Corporate Net-Zero Emissions Commitments
  • 5A. Addressing social inequality in sustainable development
    Dr. Joshua Greenberg, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, USA, for Social Inequality, Political Inequality, and Health: People-Centered Strategies to Improve Public Service Delivery in Uganda, and
    Dr. Ernest Nkansah-Dwamena, Professor, Lafayette College, USA, for How can we create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace in society without the voice of disability? Lessons from Ghana
  • 5B. Children and youth at the SDG midpoint: Progress, challenges, and pathways to accelerate inclusive innovation
    Ms. Isabelle Zhu-Maguire, Project Officer, Monash University, and Network Coordinator, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Australia, for Toward an SDG Youth Index
  • 5C. Elevating the pluriverse: Indigenous and diverse visions for sustainable development
    Ms. Cecilia Puertas, Docente Investigadora, Universidad Internacional del Ecuador, Ecuador, and Dr. Emilie Dupuits, Profesora, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, for Decolonizing knowledge: plural visions of water conservation in the Ecuadorian highlands
  • 5D. Human and planetary health and well-being in the Anthropocene
    Dr. Gryphon Sou, AVP, UNESCO Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, Mr. Keith Wing-keung Wong, Chair, SDG Charity Foundation, China, Ms. Alison Suk-wah Yuen, Adviser, SDG Charity Foundation, China, Mr. Tommy Chun Wah Lim, Chief Executive Officer, SDG Charity Foundation, China, for Sustainable Development of Healthcare Industry (Environment, Society, Governance)
  • 5E. The science of social violence and crime prevention
    Dr. Daniele Vieira, Assistant Professor, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil, and Ms. Francesca Ceserani, Research Assistant, UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education, Italy, for Understanding Gender-Based Violence in Higher Education Institutions: Initial Evidence from Latin America and the Caribbean
  • 5F. The contribution of the arts and culture to achieving the SDGs
    Ms. Elizabeth Valenzuela, Technical Director, Fondo Acción, Colombia, & Mr. Juan Álvarez, Creative Writing Coordinator, Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Colombia, for From the exploration of diverse and plural aesthetic narratives to the empathic capacity of art to achieve sustainability goals
  • 6A. Energy applications and the urban environment
    Mrs. Beatriz Martins Arruda, Miss Amanda Rosso Decoussau, and Dr. Emília Wanda Rutkowsk, all from the University of Campinas, Brazil, for Local Approaches to Achieve the SDGs: Reuse of Solid Waste as Building Materials in Brazilian Ecovillages
  • 6B. Future challenges in the urban transition
    Ms. Karina Maria Berbert Bruno, Master’s student, University of Campinas (Unicamp) and Lund University, Brazil & Sweden, Dr. Roberto Luiz do Carmo, Professor, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil, & Dr. Ana Claudia dos Santos Luciano, Professor, University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, for Land Use Efficiency or Vulnerable Population Exclusion? A Critical Examination of Land Consumption and Population Growth under the Agricultural Expansion Context in Brazil
  • 6C. Urban regeneration of vulnerable neighborhoods
    Ms. Rana Geith, Research Assistant, & Mr. Sherif Goubran, Assistant Professor, both of The American University in Cairo, Egypt, for Realizing Sustainable Development Goal 11 in Public Realm Designs through Regional Landscaping
  • 7A. Digital technologies and the SDGs: Past successes and future directions
    Ms. Alisa Bonsignore, Founder & Strategist, Clarifying Complex Ideas, LLC, USA, for Measuring the Impacts of Digital Initiatives: Are We Helping or Harming?
  • 7B Leveraging open data and artificial intelligence (AI) to measure SDG progress in resource-limited settings
    Dr. Ketra Schmitt, Associate Professor, Dr. Ursula Eicker, Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Communities, and Mr. Faisal Shennib, Doctoral researcher, all from Concordia University, Canada, for OpenWaste – a proposal for an open data, IoT and AI-driven framework to drive community-level circular economy and reach zero waste targets
  • 8 Water and Sanitation for All: Global Case Studies on SDG 6
    Adam Rieu, Ayreen Aziz, and Kevin Shackles, Students, University of Waterloo, Canada, for Toward equitable and sustainable food security in drylands under climate change: India and Israel