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Governance for the Sustainable Development Goals

Exploring an Integrative Framework of Theories, Tools, and Competencies


  • Provides a detailed description of the principles and methods for governing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Offers a comprehensive overview of sustainability governance, covering the recent insights into sustainability governance


Part of the Sustainable Development Goals Series book series (SDGS)

About this book


This book provides a detailed overview of governance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The purpose of the unique integrative approach in this book is to address the fragmentation of governance that is a critical barrier to achieving the SDGs. The main question addressed is: What are the crucial elements and the organizing logic of an integrative framework that is suitable for analysing governance for the SDGs and for implementing the transitions that we need towards a more sustainable world?

This transdisciplinary book first proposes a combination of innovative governance theories that can improve the analysis and practice of sustainability governance. Secondly, it explores the interests of core actors in a number of case examples. And thirdly, it offers recommendations for improving the study and practice of sustainability governance.

The findings presented form the basis for a new approach to governance towards objectives such as the SDGs: Integrative Sustainability Governance (ISG). The ensuing ISG framework includes indicator frames within the pillars of power, knowledge and norms. The book concludes that the transformation of crisis into sustainability transitions requires a deeper consideration of risk management that strengthens resilience; systems deliberation that complements democracy; and behavioral insights that elevate human awareness and collaboration. Whether you are a student, expert, or practitioner with an interest in the SDGs, this handbook will surely be a comprehensive and useful companion.


SDGs Transition Management System Thinking Climate Change Paris Climate Agreement Decarbonisation Integrative SDG Governance (ISG)

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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