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Sustainable Development Goal

Queen’s has a proud history of conducting innovative, impactful and world-leading research that has positively changed people’s lives.

Our researchers work across disciplines and sectors to address local and global challenges, incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Our strategic research themes focus on:

• A transformative and sustainable economy
• Secure connected intelligence – AI and the data revolution
• Healthy living for all
• Human environment relations
• Inclusive and cohesive communities

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Accept Transitions

Advancing Creative Circular Economies for Plastics via Technological-Social Transitions: Using Northern Ireland as an exemplar region, this inter-disciplinary project specifically targets three areas which define consumer behaviour and attitudes towards plastics, quantify how much waste we make, where it goes and its quality, and finally demonstrate how to add-value to these perceived wastes.

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Belfast Climate Commission/ Place-Based Climate Action Network (PCAN)

Queen’s, in partnership with Belfast City Council, launched the ‘Belfast Climate Commission’, to drive action on the climate crisis.

The Commission will play a key role in place-based climate action necessary to achieve the UK Government’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.

Protection against HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, 22 million people live with HIV/AIDS. Annual mortality is 1.5 million and sexual transmission accounts for ~90% of new infections.

Young women are disproportionately a!ected due to socio-cultural issues. Seeking to empower them with an urgently needed female-initiated protective method, Queen’s researchers developed the first antiretroviral (AR) microbicide vaginal ring (VR), which provides slow, continuous release of dapivirine for longlasting protection against vaginal HIV transmission. Consequently, global microbicide development strategies were transformed, with the focus shifted from immediate-use gels to long-acting VRs.

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Centre For Sustainability, Equality And Climate Action (SECA)

Investigating the interconnections between socio-economic (in)equality and the interlinked climate and ecological crisis as determined by natural and social sciences.

The Centre addresses how to ensure that humanity has a habitable planetary system as the basis for flourishing, good lives for the human population together with prosperous, just and sustainable societies. It's three pillars of investigation are Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action.

Centre For Sustainability, Equality And Climate Action (SECA)

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Supporting SDGs through our Research

We're making a difference on a global scale, framing our research and collaborations in ways that can contribute to delivering peace and prosperity for our changing world.

Through our research, we strive to change society for the better - whether that is connecting local individuals and communities, or contributing to international efforts to address global grand challenges such as climate change.

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