Research & Activism: A guide

The Pathways Approach and the Sustainable Development Goals

How can pathways for sustainability serve as vehicles for activists in struggles to achieve the United Nations SDGs, and how do such pathways interact with these goals?

Launched in 2015, the SDGs aim to shape a new international agenda for action on sustainability. Given the scope of the goals – from poverty, hunger and health to infrastructure and partnerships – no one discipline or approach will be enough.

The resources in this section explore how scholars and activists working together might highlight overlooked issues, engage with dialogue processes around the SDGs, and learn from multidisciplinary approaches.

The resources in this section were compiled by Felix Donkor, a participant in the 2016 STEPS Centre Summer School.

Read Felix’s report

This report builds on the discussion at the Summer School and offers reflections and ideas on the subject.

Interactions between the SDGs, Pathways for Sustainability Approach and Opportunities for Activism (PDF)


A list of links to networks and further reading.

The Pathways Approach

Leach. M., Scoones, I. and Stirling, A. (2007) Pathways to Sustainability: an overview of the STEPS Centre approach, STEPS Working Paper, Brighton: STEPS Centre (open accesss)

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals
Website about the UN’s 17 global goals for development, launched in 2015.

Fan, S. and Polman, P. (2014) An ambitious development goal: Ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025. In 2013 Global food policy report, Eds. Marble, A. and Fritschel, H. Chapter 2. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

One Health

What is One Health?
A short overview of what One Health means and how it came to be.

One Health Initiative
A multidisciplinary collaborative approach to solving global and environmental challenges.