Thinking Beyond Sectors: new book
DLP Deputy Director David Hudson is one of the contributors to the newly-published Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development, a concise introduction to the debates in a number of vital development sectors. It reviews progress made in each sector, and considers how looking beyond sectors might open new opportunities for inclusive, sustainable development.
One of the book’s key messages is that governance of development goals is important to the design and future implementation of the SDGs. It also shows the 17 SDGs represented in three concentric layers, reflecting their main intended outcomes. This framework reveals potential conflicts and synergies between goals, and how their interactions might be governed.
Each chapter of this open access book was produced collaboratively by interdisciplinary teams of academics and it represents a truly intersectoral effort. This, the authors believe, is the kind of collaboration that will be necessary for the successful development and implementation of future programmes.
Coordinated by the London International Development Centre (LIDC), the project has brought together social and political scientists, natural scientists, geographers, urban planners, agronomists, human and animal health experts and natural resource experts with a shared interest in the ongoing post-2015, sustainable development goal setting agenda.
The project involves almost 40 academics from University College London (UCL), the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), the UCL-Institute of Education (UCL-IOE), Birkbeck, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).
David Hudson was a member of the debate panel at the book launch in London on 8 July, with two other contributors, Susannah Mayhew of the Department of Global Health and Development, LSHTM, and Sarah Bell of UCL’s Centre for Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.
The research focuses on some of the key interactions identified in workshops over two years. The final project outputs will feed into both academic and policy debates, addressing both the immediate post-2015 development target-setting process and making visible the longer term, complex interactions between sectors and processes.
Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development is published by Ubiquity Press; download it free of charge here.