University-Industry Partnership- A nexus for islands to achieve SDGs

This study examines the implications of the university-industry nexus on sustainable development. It develops a framework how to identify the trade-offs and synergies in key industries to overcome the barriers to implementation of SDGs in islands nations.

Catalina Spataru

Background and Objectives
The 2°C temperature target adopted by the Paris Agreement in order to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, will require radical changes, including the decarbonisation of the power, heating and transport sector.
University-industry nexus becomes increasingly important given economic growth and the need for new technologies and innovative solutions to build a low carbon economy and achieve SDGs. University-Industry interaction is key for development of right decisions and policies that emphasise on uptake of innovative technologies to commercial scale. Research in this area has emerged through links between research and social needs, such as in Teixera and Mota 2012.
The objectives of this research is to understand and demonstrate the need of collaboration between universities and companies and the need for innovative approaches. This article aims to broaden the debate on the implementation of SDGs and of the Paris Agreement to decarbonise the energy system. The development of a low-carbon system requires a shift towards innovative solutions in uptake of business models (e.g. blockchain) and technologies (e.g. electro mobility).
It develops a framework how to identify the trade-offs and synergies in key industries in islands nations and evaluate solutions decision-making related to the university-industry nexus in light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.