PhD dissertation defence
On 3 October 2022, PhD candidate Roland Zinkernagel will defend his licentiate thesis with the title: “Localising the Sustainable Development Goals: tools and processes for building urban transformative capacity – the case of Malmö”
The opponent will be Kristina Jönsson, associate professor at the Department of Political Science, Lund university
Roland has been researching on how cities can utilize the SDGs to contribute to sustainable development. In this licentiate thesis, he has explored the potential to use indicators associated with the SDGs to monitor urban sustainable development, and uses a spatial planning process in Malmö where the SDGs have been translated to fit the local context. The work has been utilizingInstitutional Capacity Building as analytical framework to assess relational-, knowledge-and mobilisational capacities in this process.
The results from Roland’s work show that cities are challenged, amongst other things, by the large amount of data that they are expected to collect using the SDGs in order to monitor progress. The high number of indicators opens up for the possibility to prioritise according to the local context. At the same time it poses the risk of local cherry picking and difficulties in implementing long-term consistent monitoring. Furthermore, findings include that the SDGs can have a shepherding function, unifying stakeholders across disciplines and sectors. The SDGs can therefore facilitate new ways of collaboration and finding innovative solutions.
See the full thesis here: