Impact Sustainability: Conclusions and Lessons Learned

  • Ellen DerbyshireEmail author
  • Isabel B. Franco
  • Tathagata Chatterji
  • James Tracey
Part of the Science for Sustainable Societies book series (SFSS)


This book deconstructed and re-evaluated the key issues that sustainability leaders, namely, educators, scientists, governments, practitioners and policymakers, face when achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The overarching aims of this book were to provide a coverage of results of research conducted in accordance with the sustainable development goals and to better understand the integration of the SDGs as an integral part of impact research, curriculum and community capacity-building for sustainability. The impacts of climate change, unsustainable resource development, widening of gaps between socioeconomic groups and social conflict are pressuring sustainability leaders to collaborate and reconstruct normative approaches to developing more consistent and impactful sustainability agendas. This stems from an inability to turn knowledge and theory into impactful outcomes. However, quantified targets do not always mean quantified solutions, and these outcomes are often impeded by homogenized interpretations of globalized targets. Thus, these 18 chapters broke down these traditional approaches and presented innovative and agile strategies to action the SDG targets.



Dr. Isabel B. Franco, the lead editor of this manuscript, is thankful to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). This work was supported by JSPS (Grant No. JP17777), Project: “Stakeholder Networks for Impact Sustainability Research and Education” led by Dr. Franco under the JSPS-UNU Fellowship.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Derbyshire
    • 1
    Email author
  • Isabel B. Franco
    • 2
    • 3
  • Tathagata Chatterji
    • 4
  • James Tracey
    • 5
  1. 1.Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Business SchoolThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Institute for the Advanced Study of SustainabilityUnited Nations University Shibuya-kuTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Australian Institute for Business and EconomicsThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.Xavier School of Human SettlementsXavier University BhubaneswarKakudiaIndia
  5. 5.Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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