GLOBALGOALS offers the first and most comprehensive data compilation, network mapping and comparative institutional analysis of the evolution, effectiveness and future prospects of 'global governance through goals' as a central novel steering mechanism in world politics.

The SDG Impact Assessment, involving more than sixty scholars from all over the world, is available for open access via Cambridge University Press.

Latest Event

An official side event to the 2023 UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development, this panel session examined the potential for multi-level acceleration for the SDGs ahead of the 2023 SDG Summit in September.


The GLOBALGOALS project team is a vibrant international group of researchers based at Utrecht University, investigating the Sustainable Development Goals as novel governance interventions from varied perspectives. The group works with a global network of affiliated researchers and partner institutions.

Meet the Team

Prof. Frank Biermann

Principal Investigator

Prof Frank Biermann is a research professor of global sustainability governance with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.