Prioritisation within the SDG network: which SDG linkages matter most?


About this video

Prof Dawes compares different approaches to identify networks of interacting SDG targets that can support analysis of impacts and rates of change to choose the most effective SDGs implementation strategy. The key issues is to understand the structural and behaviour similarities between individual SDGs and design interactions promising faster progress on priority SDGs or more equal progress on all SDGs. He shows how perturbing a given system of predicted interactions and their impacts can help inform policy to enhance progress on implementing SDGs.


About the presenter

Jonathan Dawes

Professor, Deputy Director, Centre for Networks and Collective Behaviour, University of Bath, UK



Jonathan Dawes is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath, UK. His research spans a wide range of mathematical modelling projects involving dynamical systems, fluid and solid mechanics, and network science. His academic projects involve many research partners, from British Telecom to UNICEF. From 2015 – 2020 he was Director of Bath’s Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI), which cultivates novel collaborations between mathematicians and natural and social scientists. He currently Chair’s the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Strategic Advisory Team for the Mathematical Sciences, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Safer Complex Systems Programme.


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