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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.
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.
Global Change and Biodiversity
Solar Light to Chemical Energy Conversion
UZH Centers of Competence are academic networks in which researchers from different departments coordinate their activities to pursue common strategic goals.
Center of Competence for Sustainable Finance
Center for Human Rights Studies
Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
Center for Child Well-Being and Development
Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau
Center for Religion, Economy and Politics
Center for Responsibility in Finance
Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth
FINEXUS Center for Financial Networks and Sustainability
Glacier Monitoring Switzerland
Network for Interdisciplinary Climate Research
Informatics and Sustainability Research Group
Research Network for Sustainable Finance
World Glacier Monitoring Service
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.
More information is provided in the Sustainability Report (in German):