New podcast: UN SDGs as a framework for universities and research

09 May 2023

We’re living in a world that’s out of balance, in our society and our economy, our environment and our climate. Trying to address this and ensure that we live sustainably is now a pressing issue for governments, industries, charities and individuals. 

The latest Eastern Arc podcast episode explores how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) support this. They are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The podcast, recorded at Kent’s Democritisation of Research conference, takes the form of a panel session that looks the SDGs and how the can be incorporated into research and the wider work of universities.

The podcast is available on our dedicated page, here.


  • Wendy McMahon is an Associate Professor in American Studies at the University of East Anglia. Her research interests centre around the literatures of the American hemisphere.Her work is often interdisciplinary, and she has collaborated on projects looking at community and cultural resilience in islands in the Caribbean facing environmental disasters. 
  • Catherine Morris is Sustainability Manager at the University of Kent. She works to ensure that the University minimises its impact on the environment and that it embeds sustainability in everything it does. This includes embedding the SDGs in the work of the University, developing strategies to do so, and advising individuals and schools on working towards achieving them. 
  • Gina Yannitell Reinhardt is a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. She studies how citizens and policy makers make decisions under uncertainty, and how those decisions affect economic, social, and political development and subsequent policy outcomes. 
  • Zaki Wahhaj is a Professor of Economics at the University of Kent. His main fields of research are in economic development and applied theory. His current research deals, broadly, with the themes of social norms and household decision-making in developing countries. 

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