Planning Grant to BYS2 – Hurray!

Inequality and the sustainable development goals: A multi-scale analysis of trade-offs, synergies, and interactions.

Dear blog followers! Over the summer a few eager BYS2 members wrote a proposal for the group to continue working on different side projects linked to our main topic “Inequality and the Biosphere”. We are very excited to share that our application got funded. With our mentors Carl Folke (PI) and Anne-Sophie Crépin (co-applicant) we will continue developing our ideas together. Starting already December 1st 2018 we will work on a large proposal during one year.

Host: Royal Academy of Science.


The proposed project will contribute towards a long-term research agenda that considers trade-offs and synergies between SDGs through the lens of inequality. We will consider the role and implications of inequality (SDG 10) in the achievement of the SDGs related to Zero Hunger, Climate Action, Life Below Water and on Land (SDGs 2, 13, 14, and 15), and vice versa. The project consists of four pre-studies to characterize the interactions of SDG 10 with the four other SDGs across multiple scales (national, sub-national, individual). Three additional activities will help us develop a research agenda by i) identifying relevant research questions through multi-stakeholder participatory workshops; ii) building an international, interdisciplinary research consortium; and iii) developing a proposal for a larger research program.

The pre-studies explore existing national and sub-national data as SDG indicators, and develop theoretical models and experiments to explore the role of human behavior in SDG interactions. The data exploration will help us understand which countries are more likely to face trade-offs in achieving SDGs, with particular emphasis on Zero Hunger. The models will help us understand whether market structures can favor biodiversity conservation. The experiments explore how inequality and its perception affect cooperation in small-scale resource communities. Preliminary results and stakeholder inputs will delineate research priorities to develop a research proposal.


Figure 1. Schematic summary of pre-studies and project activities.


By Emilie Lindkvist

Researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm,Sweden. Interested in understanding social-ecological systems with a focus on small-scale fisheries,often using agent-based modeling as a way to understand and integrate case knowledge.

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