Addressing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s call to action on the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing humanity and the natural world.

Here at HCRI, we are playing our part in tackling these head-on through research, collaborations and education.

Our teaching explores key debates and policies linked to the SDGs, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This provides students with an analytical understanding of policy literature concerning the related issues of humanitarian and conflict response, global health, international disaster management and peacebuilding.

HCRI’s impact on the SDGs

HCRI brings together the disciplines of medicine and the humanities to facilitate improvements in crisis response on a global scale, while providing a centre of excellence for practitioners in emergencies and conflicts.

Professor Bertrand Taithe, HCRI Director of Research.
Professor Bertrand Taithe, HCRI Director of Research.

As an Institute, we have responded to international demand for research-informed teaching in humanitarian studies by developing a range of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. We also have longstanding collaborations with humanitarian organisations including Save the Children, International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and Project Trust.

Alongside the wider university, social responsibility is one of our core values, which has resulted in The University of Manchester being recognised as the best university in Europe and third in the world for societal impact by Times Higher Education.

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"A lot of the work that we try to do is engage our co-partners and create knowledge. We maintain independence but maintain a critical stance and critique what makes those institutions function…"

Professor Bertrand Taithe / HCRI Director of Research

As a world leader for the study of humanitarian and conflict response, global health, international disaster management and peacebuilding, we are focusing on:

University-wide impact

Watch the video below to find out more about how the SDGs are being tackled across the University.

Download our report

Download The University of Manchester Sustainable Development Goals report.

More on SDGs

Find out more about what The University of Manchester is doing to contribute to SDGs.