Global Goals, Local Level

The aim of this project is to explore cross-sector partner engagement for regional action toward the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through a local network of researchers and practitioners across education, government, commerce, NGOs, community and youth. The UN acknowledges that the SDGs need to be actioned and implemented through partnerships at a local level, however there is little research on utilising a cross-sectoral engagement approach for local level partnership. Exploring and increasing understanding of cross-sector engagement is significant as it will drive a fundamental shift in the way we think, plan, fund, and work across sectors to implement the SDGs effectively and efficiently.

The Team

  • Associate Professor Belinda Gibbons (BAL) is the Australia and New Zealand Chapter Coordinator for Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) and sits on the UN PRME Advisory Committee which focuses on the integration of the SDGs in higher education. Belinda is an ECR at UOW.
  • Professor Heather Yeatman (ASSH) is the immediate past President of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), the peak national association for achieving public health outcomes through social and sustainable development action. 
  • Professor Vera Mackie (ASSH) is the Director of the Centre for Critical Human Rights Research at UOW.
  • Ms Lesley Scarlett is the Executive Officer of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation of Councils, which has core functions of leadership and advocacy, intergovernmental collaboration and regional strategic planning.
  • Mr Warwick Shanks is the Managing Partner of KPMG’s Wollongong office and he is keen to assist local businesses to understand and respond to the SDGs. Warwick is a member of the University Council.
  • Ms Meg Cummins (EIS) iscurrently completing aBachelor of Engineering (honours) (Civil) (Environmental) at UOW. Meg is the Scouts NSW State Commissioner (Youth Empowerment) and has been instrumental in educating Scouts Australia of the UN SDGs and works through her role as UOW ENACTUS president to complete the SDGs at a university level. Meg is passionate about combating climate change in order to achieve the other 16 SDGs.
  • External partners include Kelly Andrews and Leanne Taylor


This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal:

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals