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Localising the Sustainable Development Goals: An urban equality perspective

Butcher, S., Cociña, C., Yap, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-8629-2360 and Levy, C. (2021). Localising the Sustainable Development Goals: An urban equality perspective. kNOW-UCL.


This brief outlines the case for the adoption of an urban equality lens to orient decision-making through localisation processes. The authors ground their understanding in a multi-dimensional and relational concept of ‘urban equality’, reflecting interrelated dimensions of: distribution, recognition, parity of participation, and solidarity and mutual care.

​Drawing on grounded examples of research and practice across a range of cities in KNOW, this brief outlines three opportunities in the adoption of an urban equality lens: as a way to maximise positive synergies across the goals and targets; to deepen engagement with local specificity and aspirations; and to re-orient local and global processes towards truly inclusive outcomes. This brief concludes by setting out four principles to support the operationalisation of an urban equality lens through the SDGs.

This work has been collaboratively produced between Work Package 2 and Work Package 4 of the KNOW programme, focused on understanding how key global aspirations of resilience, poverty, and prosperity can be pursued through an urban equality lens, and localised through the SDGs. Through the generation of actionable knowledge, the KNOW programme seeks to contribute to a number of SDG goals.

Publication Type: Monograph (Other)
Additional Information: This brief was published by KNOW (Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality):
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
Date available in CRO: 21 Sep 2021 08:25
Date deposited: 21 September 2021
Date of first online publication: 21 April 2021
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