SDSN Greece

Hosted by:
  • International Center for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8)
    Athens, Greece
  • Political Economy of Sustainable Development Lab (PESD)
    Attiki, Greece

SDSN Greece focuses on five thematic priorities: sustainable shipping and marine resource management, sustainable energy, biodiversity, education on sustainable development, and the water-energy-food nexus.

New Initiatives

SDSN Greece launched two new initiatives in 2019 and 2020. The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Shipping, launched at COP25, brings together ship owners, shipbuilders, technology developers, researchers, ports, and policy makers from across the globe to decarbonize the shipping sector by 2050.

The 4-Seas Initiative, launched at the Third Sustainability Summit, is a Euro-Asian initiative that mobilizes science-driven Blue Growth and the implementation of the SDGs in the Mediterranean, Black, Caspian, and Aral Seas. The objectives of the Initiative include research, education, data management, innovation and policy.

Online Education for Social Innovation

To advance understanding of social innovation and governance in agriculture, forestry, and rural development, the network is co-developing two MOOCs under the EU-funded Horizon 2020 program. Social Innovation in Rural Areas (SIMRA), was launched in March 2020, and will explore different applications of social innovation in rural areas, while simultaneously discovering best practices for managing such projects. The Decision Analytic Framework to explore the water-energy-food Nexus in complex transboundary watersheds of fast-developing countries (DAFNE), was launched in July 2020. The project helps students with knowledge transfer in relation to methodological aspects relevant to the investigation of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus.

European Research Projects

SDSN Greece is engaged in several EU-funded Horizon 2020 projects focusing on sustainable development: Managing Water, Ecosystems and Food Across Sectors and Scales in the South Mediterranean (AWESOME) is developing a decision-analysis platform based on a multi-level, integrated WEF model. The platform will help stakeholders understand tradeoffs and capitalize on synergies. Digitization: Economic and Social Impacts in Rural Areas (DESIRA) seeks to develop Socio-Cyber-Physical Systems to advance understanding of the impact of digitization on rural areas, linking this analysis to the SDGs. Also, SDSN Greece is engaged in a number of EIT Climate-KIC projects, such as Deep Demonstration of Maritime Hubs, which is studying the decarbonization of European Ports.

Looking Ahead

Together with The Economist Events, SDSN Greece is co-organizing the Fourth Sustainability Summit for South-East Europe and the Mediterranean. The Summit will host several distinguished speakers and panelists, who will share their knowledge and experience on science-driven solutions for the urgently needed sustainability transition. Also, SDSN Greece established a strategic partnership with Optima-X to build a powerful MaritimeTech hub, which will generate and support new concepts, startups, or scale-ups.

ICRE8 is a nonprofit, private institution dedicated to interdisciplinary research on sustainable development and management of the environment, energy, economy, and eco-innovations.

The PESD Lab of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is devoted to the political economy dimension of sustainable development.