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The global challenges outlined in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda require an innovative and cutting-edge approach to research, based on interdisciplinary teams and transversal project lines. In this context, the University promotes internal collaborations, between different structures, and external, with national and international realities.


Research on sustainability

Every year the research staff of the University of Padua produces more than 600 publications on issues related to sustainability (671 in 2020: GreenMetric data limited to the environmental area), which are the output of many projects and research initiatives on the subject. In order to enhance this wealth of knowledge and innovation and to support its further development, the University is committed to investing in funding lines, research grants and call for proposals dedicated to the 17 SDGs of the UN Agenda 2030 and to launch initiatives for mapping and communication of results. These goals have also been incorporated into the 2021-2023 Action Plan developed as part of the accreditation to “HR Excellence in Research”.


Centers and interdisciplinary research

Several centers, interdepartmental research centers, laboratories, observatories and study centers are active in the University, some of which are dedicated to inter- and transdisciplinary research on Agenda 2030 issues. In particular, the last few years have seen, in this field, the establishment of the Center “Elena Cornaro” for knowledge, cultures and gender policies, inaugurated in 2019, the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence for Climate Justice, inaugurated in 2021 and the only one dedicated to this issue in Italy and, again in 2021, the Center of Studies for the Circular Economy – CEWMS (Circular Economy of Waste, Materials and Sustainability)..

The complete list of centers.


Sustainability-Law4B Magazine

Sustainability-Law4B Magazine is a virtual space for reflection, exchange of ideas and innovation for business sustainability, promoted by some researchers and professors of the University of Padua who deal with business law and markets.

The Magazine hosts reflections on various themes and on the most emblematic events related to “sustainable development”, from the point of view of the rules of production, trade and economic relations.