Sustainable development goals (SDGs)

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

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

Here at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (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.

Our impact

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.

Prof Bertrand Taithe / Director of Research, HCRI

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.

As an Institute, we have responded to international demand for research-informed teaching in humanitarian studies by developing a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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.

As a world leader for the study of humanitarian and conflict response, global health, international disaster management and peacebuilding, we are focusing on goal 16 and goal 17.

Download The University of Manchester Sustainable Development Goals report or find out more about what The University of Manchester is doing to contribute to SDGs.

You can also watch the video below to find out more about how the SDGs are being tackled across the University.