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University of Gothenburg leader of SDG 8 for IAU

The University of Gothenburg, as part of the International Association of Universities (IAU) and its Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) Cluster, has been asked to take a lead specifically on goal 8. Every goal has its lead university, resulting in a global network of universities coordinating different goals. Read more about the IAU HESD clusters on the IAU website

IAU world HESD cluster map

The SDG 8 team

The University of Gothenburg has initiated a “SDG 8 Team” including different parts and persons from the university. The SDG 8 Team also includes participation from eight satellite universities. The strategic goal of the SDG 8 team is to engage and support a global community of researchers and practitioners to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. This is done by transdisciplinary, applied action research and policy interaction that focus on solutions to growth and work related challenges through collaboration among researchers and practitioners in local and global contexts. The ambition is to mobilize academic work and policy interaction in support of sustainable economic growth with good conditions for employees.


At present, thematic work is carried out, with the aim of resulting in discussion papers, seminars, an international conference at the end of August 2021, and research-to-policy dialogue during the second half of the year. If interested in participating or collaborating, please don´t hesitate to get in touch.

The following themes and writing teams have been established:

Economic growth in different parts of the world (target 8.1)
- Ola Olsson, professor in economics, School of Business, Economics and Law
• Innovation (target 8.2)
- Rick Middel, senior lecturer in innovation and entrepreneurship, School of Business, Economics and Law
- Henric Rhedin, Deputy Head of Department, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy
• Job creation and growing enterprises (target 8.3)
- Stefan Tengblad, professor in human resource management, Centre for Global Human Resource Management (CGHRM)
- Henric Rhedin, Deputy Head of Department, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy
• Resource efficiency (target 8.4)
- Thomas Sterner, professor of environmental economics
• Decent, equal work and pay (8.5)
- Mattias Bengtsson, senior lecturer in sociology and work science
• Youths’ employment (target 8.6)
- Gunnar Gillberg, senior lecturer in work science
• No child labour (8.7)
- Heather Congdon Fors, senior lecturer in economics
• Safe work environments
- Lotta Dellve, professor in work science, Faculty of Social Sciences
- Helena Stensöta, professor political science, Faculty of Social Sciences
- Anna-Carin Olin, professor in occupational medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy
• Sustainable tourism
- Erik Lundberg, PhD, researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Tourism
- Chiara Rinaldi, researcher Gothenburg Research Institute

More activities at the University of Gothenburg

Please contact us if you want to access the report: A Global Goal: Sustainable Economic Growth and Decent Work for All - Selection of Research, Education and Research to Policy Initiatives, presenting initiatives by the University of Gothenburg.


The SDG 8 Initiative is lead by the University of Gothenburg, in close collaboration with the satellite universities:

  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • University of Nigeria, Nigeria
  • University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • University of Concepción, Chile
  • Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • University of Economics Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

Collaborating partners

Chalmers University of Technology and Karolinska Institute.


Jenni Strömstad, Project manager, jenni.stromstad@gu.se
Eddi Omrcen, Sustainability Strategist, University of Gothenburg, eddi.omrcen@gu.se
Gunnar Köhlin, Director, Environment for Development (EfD), gunnar.kohlin@efd.gu.se

SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth
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