Celebrating the Chinese contribution to the world’s sustainable development research

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By: Leana Li, Wed Aug 28 2019
Leana Li

Author: Leana Li

Editorial Director Humanities/Social Sciences & Regional Director, China Books

As one of the world’s largest developing countries, and the country with the fastest-growing scientific and scholarly research, in terms of publication output and research significance, China’s importance for global and regional sustainable development is increasingly clear. 

At the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation earlier this year, UN Secretary General António Guterres underlined the role that China can have in mobilizing resources to implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and to “stop runaway climate change”. Acknowledging the potential for the Belt and Road Initiative, Gutteres made a call for “inclusive, sustainable and durable” development.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ratified by 193 nations back in 2015, and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a call to action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The SDGs provide a framework for business and society to work together to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Many governments, research funders and higher education institutions are directing efforts to address the 17 Goals and the 169 specific targets that sit alongside them.

As one of the world’s largest developing countries, and the country with the fastest-growing scientific and scholarly research, in terms of publication output and research significance, China’s importance for global and regional sustainable development is increasingly clear.

China’s National Plan on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was issued in September 2016. This marked the inception of China’s new strategy of “innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development”, which is also a decisive transition from high speed growth to high quality development. The Chinese research community, on the one hand, provides a rich intellectual discourse to support the designing, planning, evaluation, and implementation of the State’s grand development strategy. Additionally, it also provides a historic opportunity to observe and study a society that is undergoing fast transition on an unprecedented scale and complexity.

It is with this context that Springer Nature has recently launched a new award at this year’s Beijing International Book Fair, that recognizes the contribution of Chinese research to sustainable development.

Springer Nature imprints Springer and Palgrave Macmillan together publish more than 800 scholarly books by Chinese authors each year, and these books are integrated into Springer Nature’s many subject collections that contain the latest research output from scientists and scholars around the world. By selecting and showcasing the most impactful sustainable development research experts from China and by allowing economic, political, cultural, social and ecological studies to join engineering, computing and medical research on the same stage, Springer Nature aims to raise awareness of the unique contribution of researchers and publishers to sustainable development, scientific and scholarly collaboration, as well as to advancing discovery. 

The Springer Nature: China New Development Awards were presented on August 22nd to ten winning scholarly books and their authors who have been selected by a panel of Springer Nature editors and publishers as having made a significant contribution to research which will contribute to delivery of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Researchers and publishers will be joined by government representatives in an award ceremony at the Book Fair.

Winning titles include scholarly works from the social sciences, business and economics, engineering and technology, as well as the life sciences and the bio-medicine research areas.

The China New Development Awards for academic books is one part of the Springer Nature SDG Programme, which features cutting-edge research from a wide range of science, engineering, social sciences and humanities disciplines, as well as across brands, platforms and product types. By creating new partnerships and new ways of collaborating, we want to improve the process of sharing discoveries on the world stage, and help practitioners to develop innovative and effective policies, programmes and technologies to tackle major social, environmental and economic challenges.

Through the Springer Nature SDG Programme we want to better support researchers to gain the wider attention of the policy and business communities who can put research insights into action to solve regional and global issues.

To make meaningful progress towards the delivery of the SDGs requires strong, sustained interaction not only between professional communities, but also between the research fields themselves. The approach to tackle urgent societal challenges must be multi-disciplinary – as no one research area can solve the challenges of global hunger, poverty, or climate change. By breaking down disciplinary silos, both in publishing and across the global research community, the Springer Nature SDG Programme aims to inspire new connections and help deliver real progress.

By Leana Li, Springer Nature’s Editorial Director Humanities/Social Sciences, China

Leana Li

Author: Leana Li

Editorial Director Humanities/Social Sciences & Regional Director, China Books

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