How To Map Your Research

Use this self-evaluation tool to map and examine SDGs connections with your research


A - Look through the list of SDG in the table below and pick the SDG that most aligns with your work  Click on any of the goals to launch a detailed description in your browser which includes specific SDG Targets.

B - Enter a score between 0 to 5 in the blue shaded area of the table below where:

Value to Enter Description
0 No direct connections to SDGs
1 Indirectly related to the SDG
2 Provides insight into the SDG from the perspective of One's Own Discipline
3 Direct linkage to at least one SDG Target
4 Inter- or transdisciplinary partnerships to include academic, government, business & NGOs
5 Expected data directly contributes to at least one SDG Indicator*



C - If other SDGs receive a secondary attention in your work, then score as in step B

D -  View your spiky radar graphs below.  The first graph displays all 17 SDGs while the second displays your top score in the three SDG pillars.

E - Lastly, consider questions in the reflection box below the graph

To start populating the graph press enter on any of the values you have scored between 0 and 5. 

You can print or save your results as a PDF. Right Click anywhere on the page and click Print. In the top right where Destination is displayed you can select a printer or Save as PDF.  

Map your Module

Individual SDGs (click link for more info 2) SDG Pillar Module  (0-5)
1: No Poverty Social
2: Zero Hunger Social
3: Good Health and Well-being Social
4: Quality Education Social
5: Gender Equality Social
6: Clean Water and Sanitation Environment
7: Affordable and Clean Energy Social
8: Decent Work and Economic Growth Economy
9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Economy
10: Reduced Inequality Economy
11: Sustainable Cities and Communities Social
12: Responsible Consumption and Production Economy
13: Climate Action Environment
14: Life Below Water Environment
15: Life on Land Environment
16: Peace & Justice Strong Institutions Social
17: Partnerships to Achieve SDGs Social

Reflection on the Tool

  Reflection on the Tool
1 Did you identify at least one SDG covered in your research proposal?  Or better yet, at least 1 SDG Target?  Is that topic introduced in the context of the wider discipline or societial need (e.g., climate change or biodiversity loss)?
2 Do you inadvertently cover concepts expressed by the SDGs? If so, how could you signpost those topics to alert reviewers?
3 Do you perceive interconnections amongst multiple SDG targets and your research questions? Can you develop a narative or rationale for those connections?
4 Do you cover SDGs from more that one SDG Pillars as displayed in the second graph? Are there opportunites to include transdisciplinary collaborators? (see figure below)



The figure above is often called the wedding cake image of the SDGs. It represents the Environment or Biosphere being the foundation of our society and our natural capital through ecosystem services. The next layer is Social and is unified by the premise of leaving nobody behind and everyone having dignity and equal opportunity. The Economic layer is driven by inclusive growth within safe operating parameters. The pinnacle expresses the partnerships needed to advance the SDG targets such as between private and public sectors or the global north and south.

Sustainable Development Goals Toolkit

UCC Green Campus Programme & the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning

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SDG Curriculum Toolkit by John Barimo, Catherine O’Mahony, Gerard Mullally, John O’Halloran, Edmond Byrne, Darren Reidy, Maria Kirrane is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
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