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Making sustainable development goals work – for people and planet

Dr Kerry Waylen, James Hutton Institute (courtesy VSO)
“Research organisations bring academic knowledge and expertise that can help develop and apply ideas to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals, and can help evaluate and learn from both the process and the results achieved

How can stakeholders work together to implement the Sustainable Development Goals successfully? What can private enterprises, public sector organisations and research institutions learn from each other to achieve better results? These and many other questions were at the centre of discussions during a workshop hosted by Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), which featured a talk from James Hutton Institute senior researcher Dr Kerry Waylen.

The workshop, titled “Making the Sustainable Development Goals work for People and Planet -  from good intentions to real impact” highlighted opportunities for cross-sector partnership work, and called for collaboration through stakeholder partnerships to tackle the multi-faceted challenges to successfully address the poverty agenda.

Dr Waylen’s contribution focussed on the role of research organisations and featured examples from her work with projects MAJI and COMET-LA.

“Research organisations bring academic knowledge and expertise that can help develop and apply ideas to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals, and at the same time can help evaluate and learn from both the process and the results achieved.  This promotes innovation both among partners and within projects,” Dr Waylen said.

Besides Dr Waylen, the workshop featured panellists Philip Goodwin (VSO), Fiona Hyslop MSP and Nicholas Tip (Accenture), the facilitator May East (CIFAL Scotland), as well as 30 guests from stakeholder organisations including the Scottish Government, Social Enterprise World Forum, NIDOS, Scottish Climate Change Network, Glasgow Caledonian University and others.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.