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water@leeds and the SDGs

The  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make up a global framework to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The University of Leeds is committed to contributing towards the SDGs.    

This selection of publications by water@leeds members illustrates the work taking place in achieving these goals. The publications were identified using SCOPUS UN Sustainable Development Goals pre-generated queries.   

GOAL 1: No Poverty

  • Baltruszewicz M, Steinberger JK, Ivanova D, Brand-Correa LI, Paavola J, Owen A 2021. Household final energy footprints in Nepal, Vietnam and Zambia: Composition, inequality and links to well-being. Environmental Research Letters 16. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/abd588.   
  • Bedigen W, Mdee A, Temlong R, Thorley L, Tshomba P 2021. The failure of externally-driven advocacy initiatives to contextualise sub-Saharan “marginalised women. Development in Practice 31, 259-267. DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2020.1836129.   

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

  • Horton P, Long SP, Smith P, Banwart SA, Beerling DJ 2021. Technologies to deliver food and climate security through agriculture. Nature Plants 7, 250-255. DOI: 10.1038/s41477-021-00877-2.   
  • Medici G, Baják P, West LJ, Chapman PJ, Banwart SA 2021. DOC and nitrate fluxes from farmland; impact on a dolostone aquifer KCZ. Journal of Hydrology 595. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125658.

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being 

  • Hermans TDG, Dougill AJ, Whitfield S, Peacock CL, Eze S, Thierfelder C 2021. Combining local knowledge and soil science for integrated soil health assessments in conservation agriculture systems. Journal of Environmental Management 286. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.112192.   
  • Nawrath M, Guenat S, Elsey H, Dallimer M 2021. Exploring uncharted territory: Do urban greenspaces support mental health in low- and middle-income countries? Environmental Research 194. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.110625.   

GOAL 4: Quality Education  

  • Cooke J, Araya Y, Bacon KL, Bagniewska JM, et al.  2021. Teaching and learning in ecology: a horizon scan of emerging challenges and solutions. Oikos 130, 15-28. DOI: 10.1111/oik.07847.   

GOAL 5: Gender Equality  

  • Baltruszewicz M, Steinberger JK, Ivanova D, Brand-Correa LI, Paavola J, Owen A 2021. Household final energy footprints in Nepal, Vietnam and Zambia: Composition, inequality and links to well-being. Environmental Research Letters 16. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/abd588.   
  • Loveridge R, Sallu SM, Pfeifer M, Oldekop JA, Mgaya M, da Silva DA, Latham J, Platts PJ, Marshall AR 2021. Certified community forests positively impact human wellbeing and conservation effectiveness and improve the performance of nearby national protected areas. Conservation Letters 14. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12831.  

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation   

  • Howard G, Bartram J, Brocklehurst C, Colford JM, Costa F, Cunliffe D, Dreibelbis R, Eisenberg JNS, Evans B, Girones R, Hrudey S, Willetts J, Wright CY 2020. COVID-19: Urgent actions, critical reflections and future relevance of 'WaSH': Lessons for the current and future pandemics. Journal of Water and Health 18, 613-630. DOI: 10.2166/wh.2020.162.   
  • Howson T, Chapman PJ, Shah N, Anderson R, Holden J 2021. A comparison of porewater chemistry between intact, afforested and restored raised and blanket bogs - ScienceDirect. Science of the Total Environment 766. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144496.   
  • Liao X, Zhao X, Liu W, Li R, Wang X, Wang W, Tillotson MR 2020. Comparing water footprint and water scarcity footprint of energy demand in China's six megacities. Applied Energy 269. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.115137.   
  • Okumah M, Ankomah-Hackman P, Yeboah AS 2021. Do socio-demographic groups report different attitudes towards water resource management? Evidence from a Ghanaian case study. GeoJournal 86, 2447-2456. DOI: 10.1007/s10708-020-10173-9.   

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy   

  • Baltruszewicz M, Steinberger JK, Owen A, Brand-Correa LI, Paavola J 2021. Final energy footprints in Zambia: Investigating links between household consumption, collective provision, and well-being. Energy Research and Social Science 73. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2021.101960.   
  • Nkiaka E, Okpara UT, Okumah M 2021. Food-energy-water security in sub-Saharan Africa: Quantitative and spatial assessments using an indicator-based approach. Environmental Development 40. DOI: 10.1016/j.envdev.2021.100655.  

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth    

  • Babatunde AO 2021. Design concept and performance of a constructed wetland system engineered for the circular economy. Circular Economy and Sustainability: Volume 2: Environmental Engineering, pp 199-214.   DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-821664-4.00010-8
  • Falk T, Vorlaufer T, Brown L, Domptail S, Dallimer M 2021. Citizens' preferences for development outcomes and governance implications. Land Degradation and Development 32, 5129-5139. DOI: 10.1002/ldr.4099.    

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure   

  • Ihemezie EJ, Dallimer M 2021. Stakeholders’ perceptions on agricultural land-use change, and associated factors, in Nigeria. Environments - MDPI 8. DOI: 10.3390/environments8110113.   
  • Lancho-Barrantes BS, Ceballos-Cancino HG, Cantu-Ortiz FJ 2021. Comparing the efficiency of countries to assimilate and apply research investment. Quality and Quantity 55, 1347-1369. DOI: 10.1007/s11135-020-01063-w.   

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality   

  • Mills F, Willetts J, Evans B, Carrard N, Kohlitz J 2020. Costs, Climate and Contamination: Three Drivers for Citywide Sanitation Investment Decisions. Frontiers in Environmental Science 8. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2020.00130.   
  • Wen C, Lovett JC, Rianawati E, Arsanti TR, Suryani S, Pandarangga A, Sagala S 2022. Household willingness to pay for improving electricity services in Sumba Island, Indonesia: A choice experiment under a multi-tier framework. Energy Research and Social Science 88. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2022.102503.   

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities   

  • Walker JR, Hassall C 2021. The effects of water chemistry and lock-mediated connectivity on macroinvertebrate diversity and community structure in a canal in northern England | SpringerLink Urban Ecosystems 24, 491-500. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-020-01053-8.   
  • Zhao X, Liao X, Zhang C, Zhang X, Mao G, Zhang S, Tillotson MR 2021. Unveiling the dynamic of water-electricity conflict within and beyond megacity boundary. Journal of Environmental Management 286. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.112259.   

  GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production   

  • Okumah M, Chapman PJ, Martin-Ortega J, Novo P, Ferré M, Jones S, Pearson P, Froggatt T 2021. Do awareness-focussed approaches to mitigating diffuse pollution work? A case study using behavioural and water quality evidence. Journal of Environmental Management 287. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.112242.   
  • Velis CA, Cook E 2021. Mismanagement of Plastic Waste through Open Burning with Emphasis on the Global South: A Systematic Review of Risks to Occupational and Public Health. Environmental Science and Technology 55, 7186-7207. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.0c08536.   

GOAL 13: Climate Action   

  • Berrang-Ford L, Siders AR, Lesnikowski A, Fischer AP et al. 2021. A systematic global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change. Nature Climate Change 11, 989-1000. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-021-01170-y.   
  • Sim TG, Swindles GT, Morris PJ, Baird AJ, Cooper CL, Gallego-Sala AV, Charman DJ, Roland TP, Borken W, Mullan DJ, Aquino-López MA, Gałka M 2021. Divergent responses of permafrost peatlands to recent climate change. Environmental Research Letters 16. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/abe00b.   

GOAL 14: Life Below Water   

  • Cant J, Salguero-Gómez R, Kim SW, Sims CA, Sommer B, Brooks M, Malcolm HA, Pandolfi JM, Beger M 2021. The projected degradation of subtropical coral assemblages by recurrent thermal stress. Journal of Animal Ecology 90, 233-247. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13340.   
  • Mallalieu J, Carrivick JL, Quincey DJ, Raby CL 2021. Ice-marginal lakes associated with enhanced recession of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Global and Planetary Change 202. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2021.103503.   

GOAL 15: Life on Land   

  • Martin-Ortega J, Young DM, Glenk K, Baird AJ, Jones L, Rowe EC, Evans CD, Dallimer M, Reed MS 2021. Linking ecosystem changes to their social outcomes: Lost in translation. Ecosystem Services 50. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2021.101327.   
  • Xu Y, Chan FKS, Stanton T, Johnson MF, Kay P, He J, Wang J, Kong C, Wang Z, Liu D, Xu Y 2021. Synthesis of dominant plastic microfibre prevalence and pollution control feasibility in Chinese freshwater environments. Science of the Total Environment 783. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146863.   

 GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions   

  • Comber A, Brunsdon C, Charlton M, Cromby J 2021. The changing geography of clinical misery in England: Lessons in spatio-temporal data analysis. Big Data Applications in Geography and Planning: An Essential Companion, pp 64-78.   DOI: DOI: 10.4337/9781789909791.00011
  • Kumar A, Singh N, Cooper S, Mdee A, Singhal S 2021. Infrastructural Violence: Five Axes of Inequities in Water Supply in Delhi, India. Frontiers in Water3. DOI: 10.3389/frwa.2021.727368.