Sustainable development goals and the scientific community: a systematic review of the literature and the research agenda




Sustainable Development Goals; Scientific community; Research Agenda; Bibliometric analysis; VOSviewer.


The aim of this paper is to discuss the process of the constitution of the Sustainable Development Goals and, by extension, present how the scientific community has been collaborating with its legitimization and adoption. Specifically, we will explore and contextualize the 2030 Agenda and its relationship with the scientific community, presenting an overview of the field, as well as providing recommendations and directions for future research. Methodologically, the manuscript shares an exploratory approach and is carried out through bibliographic reviews and bibliometric analysis. The main results found are: most of the published studies analyzed originate from North-Global countries; there has been a quantitative growth regarding the number of publications made in the period consulted, especially between the years 2019-2021; regarding the types of studies identified, case studies on experiences implemented in the university environment stand out, as well as studies that address the social commitment of this community in relation to the SDGs; as for research collaboration, there is a predominance among countries of the Global North, with sporadic collaborations between countries of the Global North-South and the Global South-South.

Author Biographies

Thais Dibbern, University of Campinas

PhD candidate in Science and Technology Policy at the State University of Campinas. Master's degree in Applied Human and Social Sciences and bachelor's degree in public policy management. Researcher at the Group for Analysis of Innovation Policies (GAPI/Unicamp) and at the Laboratory for Public Sector Studies (LESP/Unicamp).

Milena Pavan Serafim, University of Campinas

Professor and Associate Director of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Campinas. Coordinator of the Innovation Policies Analysis Group (GAPI/Unicamp) and of the Public Sector Studies Laboratory (LESP/Unicamp).


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DIBBERN, T.; SERAFIM, M. P. Sustainable development goals and the scientific community: a systematic review of the literature and the research agenda. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 11, n. 2, p. e53511226241, 2022. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v11i2.26241. Disponível em: Acesso em: 26 feb. 2024.



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