934001 Sustainable development goals: Policies and governance

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Pinter, Laszlo
Offered in
Sommersemester 2021
Languages of instruction


**Guest lecture: one time at BOKU only!**

The course "Sustainable Development Goals: policies and governance" introduces global policy and governance processes to develop an understanding of multilateral policy setting. The students analyse challenges that are characteristic of specific SDGs and explore opportunities that arise from cross-linkages between particular sustainability goals.
In the group, we will discuss approaches to sustainability transitions and the trade-offs between goals that lead to dilemmas our societies have to address.

Professor Laszlo Pinter is among the most renowned scholars in sustainable development. With a focus on natural resources, he researches sustainable development governance and strategies, and in particular, how progress can be measured and global goals translated into action at the national level. As Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University, and Senior Fellow of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), he has worked worldwide in academia, with governments, multilateral organizations, companies and communities. Professor Pinter has extensively published on sustainability governance, decision making, sustainability measurement, integrated assessment and sustainability transition scenarios. He played a crucial role in the establishment of the
Bellagio Sustainability Assessment and Measurement Principles Bellagio STAMP) by IISD and the OECD.

Previous knowledge expected

Open for students of all programs

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

1. Be familiar with global policy and governance processes around sustainability.
2. Understand the rationale of international goals as a policy and governance mechanism.
3. Summarize the respective policy and governance challenges of specific Sustainable Development Goals.
4. Critically reflect on multilateral goals as a lever for a global sustainability transition.
5. Debate on opportunities for a sustainability transition and tradeoffs and dilemmas society will encounter in their pursuit.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.