Applying the principles of both interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research is crucial in achieving sustainable development. University Research Priority Programs, cross-faculty Centers of Competence, associated institutes and researchers at numerous departments contribute to sustainability research at UZH.
University Research Priority Programs Related to Sustainability
The objective of the University Research Priority Programs (URPPs) is to support and unite selected areas of scholarship. The URPPs build on the University’s research competencies and are instrumental in the advancement of young academics.
Centers of Competence with Sustainability-Related Research
UZH Centers of Competence are academic networks in which researchers from different departments coordinate their activities to pursue common strategic goals.
Associated Institutes with Sustainability-Related Topics
Associated Institutes of UZH are independent academic institutions that hold cooperation agreements with UZH to address areas of mutual interest.
Further Research Centers, Cooperations and Networks Related to Sustainability
UZH Professors Publishing Research Related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The sustainability team analysed in 2019 which UZH professors contribute to one of the SDGs with their research. Using ZORA, the Zurich Open Repository and Archive, publications with a publication year of 2014 to 2019 with content related to at least one SDG were identified. The result shows that more than 160 UZH professors are conducting research on SDG-relevant topics. A maximum of 5 publications per author were counted, resulting in a total of 742 publications. The highest numbers of contributors were identified for SDGs 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), 10 (reduce inequalities), and 3 (health and well-being).
Note: Publications from the Faculty of Medicine could not be not included for methodological reasons.