More than ever, the social sciences have a crucial role to play in addressing the major challenges we face today as a society. When looking at today’s grand challenges, three major areas stand out: Sustainable Development, Digitalisation and Globalisation (SDDG).
First, it is clear that we must foster sustainable development to ensure a strong and fair society, not only for the current generation but also for future generations. For this, the UN Sustainable Development Goals offer a solid blueprint. Another important challenge is how to respond to the digital transformation taking place across the globe. How we respond to the changes caused by digitalisation will have a major impact. Finally, another challenge we face is globalisation. While globalisation has provided us with a wealth of benefits, it also comes with economic and social consequences, which we must learn to navigate and address.
These societal challenges are interlinked: sustainable development can be supported by digitalisation, climate change may affect global migration, etc. That is why here at SBE, we have taken a transdisciplinary approach to addressing these problems through our research by creating the SBE-SDDG spearheads. By combining existing knowledge at SBE in novel ways via these spearheads, we aim to co-create new knowledge in collaboration with non-academic stakeholders.
Each spearhead addresses societal challenges in Sustainable Development, Digitalisation and Globalisation (SDDG). Their goal is to develop new research strongholds and provide knowledge and innovative ways of thinking to the academic community, companies, policy-makers and society.
The three SBE-SDDG spearheads:
- UM Behavioural Insights Centre (UM-BIC)
- Fair and Smart data for sustainable global value networks: transparency and traceability as game-changer
- Maastricht Observatory on Resilient, Responsible & Sustainable Enterprise and Economy (MORSE)
Our three SBE-SDDG spearheads:
UM Behavioural Insights Centre
Fair and Smart data for sustainable global value networks
Maastricht Observatory on Resilient, Responsible & Sustainable Enterprise and Economy