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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 1.43

Anthropology and the Sustainable Development Goals: Should Anthropologists Become More Involved and How? [WAU Roundtable]


  • Dr. Vesna Vucinic NESKOVIC - CONVENOR
  • Dr. Thomas REUTER - CONVENOR
  • Gustavo Lins RIBEIRO
  • Heather O'LEARY
  • Soumendra PATNAIK

Primary authors


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides “a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future”. At its core are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries in a global partnership. They acknowledge that ending poverty and other deprivations has to go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur balanced urbanization and economic growth, while tackling climate change and working to preserve oceans and forests. This round table asks how anthropologists can contribute to attaining the goals adopted by the UN member states to ensure human survival on Earth. The sustainable development challenges are certainly all important as topics for anthropological research, and central to the work of many policy oriented and applied anthropologists. The discussants will provide an overview of how anthropology can contribute more to addressing the SDGs and exploring their interconnections, building on the unique integrative-holistic orientation of the discipline and our understanding of local diversity.