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Environment and Sustainable Development

Sustainable development in Vision 2020

The University of Gothenburg’s vision is "Quality-driven research, education and cooperation in an inspiring environment, strong social responsibility and global engagement enable the University of Gothenburg to contribute to a better future." 

Furthermore, Vision 2020 states:
• "Our civic responsibility also encompasses the environmental profile that characterises the University of Gothenburg. Sustainable development is important to us; we always consider the long-term social, economic and ecological consequences and allow them to guide our operations."
• "We are engaged in close cooperation with the surrounding society, work for sustainable development and are an active and appreciated provider of knowledge."

Sustainable development in the organisation

Gothenburg centre for sustainable development (GMV)

In order to realize the University of Gothenburg's vision for sustainable development, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV) has been commissioned to create and facilitate cooperation, between and within Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg, with an aim to generate and practically implement knowledge about sustainable development. In order to develop solutions to global challenges, GMV brings academic disciplines together to create new knowledge. Moreover, practical implementation of knowledge requires collaboration between academia and other actors in society. To this end, GMV creates meeting places and brings together different types of expertise in order to promote sustainable development within research, education and cooperation, such as the Research Network for Sustainable Development, which brings together more than 500 researchers.
Read more about GMV here

Environmental management system

The University of Gothenburg’s environmental management system is certified according to ISO14001 and registered according to EMAS. Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV) is responsible for the University of Gothenburg’s environmental management work.
Read more about the university's environmental management work in Miljöhandboken (In Swedish)

Sustainable development in research

For more information about on-going research at the University of Gothenburg within the field sustainable development, please visit the faculties’ websites for research information.

UGOT Challenges – a multidisciplinary research initiative

UGOT Challenges is an example of a research initiative, where the University of Gothenburg invests 300 million SEK in six multidisciplinary research centres. The premise is that a strong multidisciplinary research effort is needed to meet today’s global societal challenges. The six research centres cover many research disciplines. All of them have significant multidisciplinary elements. Some initiatives are new, and others come from earlier research structures that have widened as a result of the global challenges perspective. UGOT Challenges is a six-year initiative that started 2016.
Read more about UGOT-Challenges here

Sustainable development in education

Sustainability labelled courses and programmes

The University of Gothenburg offers a number of degree programmes within environmental sciences and sustainable development – ranging from behavioural science and sustainable enterprise to environmental education and oceanography.
Read more about the university's courses and programmes in sustainable development

Student engagement

In accordance with the university-wide goals, the University of Gothenburg shall strive to increase student involvement in sustainable development, both at the university and in wider society.
Read more about the university's work with student participation in the field of sustainability at the Student Portal

Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV) has a Student Hub for Sustainable Development, to coordinate and support student initiatives within sustainable development.
Read more about the activities and how you as a student can get involved, on GMV’s website


The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

World top leaders from around the world have adopted 17 challenging goals for the future, that are to be achieved by 2030: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Global goals are part of the Agenda 2030, a document signed by 193 countries. The countries of the world are now actively working to realize all 169 sub-targets, where academia and research play an important role. At the University of Gothenburg, GMV contributes to the work on the goals by disseminating knowledge about the goals and arranging activities such as lectures, podcasts, films, and web tools.
Read more about the Global Goals here.


Contact Information

Welcome to contact the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV

e-mail: or

+ 46 31 772 49 54/55

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