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SDGs in an (anti)globalized world - a blessing or a curse for sustainable development?


The Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV) and Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development (GCGD) invite you to a Researchers´ lunch to discuss future collaboration between researchers interested in growing nationalism, populism and anti-globalization trends around the world, and how these trends may influence the fulfillment (or not) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). What does current research say about the relationship between globalization, antiglobalization and sustainable development, and what more do we need to know? These are some of the questions that will be raised and discussed during this lunch. We hope you will join us.

For who: Researchers at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg will be prioritized (the number of participants is limited).

Language: The event will be held in English unless all participants speak and understand Swedish.


Although the words nationalism, populism and antiglobalization are not specifically mentioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, nor in the actual goals and targets, there are obvious interconnections.

History tells us that nationalism, populism and violence often go hand in hand, including the violation of human rights and even war. In the preamble of the 2030 Agenda, it states that "there can be no sustainable development without peace, and no peace without sustainable development". However, how these are conceived differs widely; competing claims to both can also fuel conflict and hinder sustainable development.

Current antiglobalization trends are seen by many as destructive hindrances to sustainable development. Others note how these trends (also) open possibilities for sustainable development. May for example growing nationalism in some countries create capacity to eliminate hunger and create jobs by protecting and subsidizing local markets? Can support for radical change be more easily mobilized using populist arguments and motives? Or do the populisms of today (e.g. in Brazil, India, the Philippines and the United States) bode terribly for our hopes of achieving the SDGs?


11.30-12.00 Lunch

12.00-12.10 Introduction

Welcome, Jan Pettersson, director of the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV

Introduction to the theme, Maria Stern, director of the Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development, GCDC

12.10- 12.30 Research input

How does economic de-globalization affect SDG achievement?
Arne Bigsten, Senior professor of Development Economics, University of Gothenburg

Globalization without globalization? How the Great Turning may help us achieving the SDG:s without destroying ourselves - learnings from ecofeminism.
Martin Hultman, Associate professor in Science-, technology and environmental studies, Chalmers

12.30-13.00 Discussion: What knowledge is still needed about the relationship between globalization and sustainable development, and how can researchers collaborate to fill the gaps?

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Datum: 2019-09-16

Tid: 11:30 - 13:00

Kategorier: Hållbar utveckling

Arrangör: Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV) and Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development (GCGD)

Plats: GMV, Aschebergsgatan 44, Göteborg

Kontaktperson: Caroline Petersson, coordinator, Research network for sustainable development, Chalmers and University of Gothenburg

Telefon: 073-4060461

Sidansvarig: Helena Svensson|Sidan uppdaterades: 2014-09-16

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