Aiming for Impact: Exploring Global Challenges and Sustainable Development

This online workshop has been organised by the Education, Childhood and Youth (ECY) Pathway.

The workshop is open to ECY pathway ESRC and non-ESRC funded PhD and MA Social Research students within the WRDTP’s seven partner universities.

Whilst this workshop is aimed at ECY Pathway students, PGRs from all seven interdisciplinary Pathways are welcome to attend.

Event abstract

Sustainable development goals (SDGs) have set the 2030 agenda for the transformation of the world by tackling various environmental and social changes. The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future, as they address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, quality education, and social justice. The Goals are interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is essential to raise awareness of how the identified targets seek to achieve the goals. This timely event is aimed at introducing the SDGs to Post Graduate Researchers from all disciplines. The purpose would be to explore the SDGs through using a research based approach.

The seminar will address global challenges through demonstrating how transdisciplinary approaches in research can support in achieving the SDG targets. Interaction through small group table discussions will enable participants’ engagement. Participants will have the option of selecting images that represent global issues they believe to be critical or representing their research. The workshop will address practical applications for using SDGs in teaching, such as integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom.

Training aims

  1. To encourage PGRs to talk about global issues in their home country
  2. To help PGRs make connections and links between the Global Goals in terms of problems and solutions,
    that their research may be addressing
  3. To practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills through enquiry-based discussion on social issues, under the broad scope of Global Goals

Event speakers

Workshop leader:

  • Ana Korzun – Postgraduate Researcher, School of Education, University of Leeds


  • Dr Judith Hanks – Associate Professor in Language Education, School of Education, University of Leeds
  • Professor Michalis Kontopodis – Chair in Global Childhood and Youth Studies, Director of the Research Centre in Childhood, Education and Social Justice, University of Leeds
  • Dr Gill Main – Associate Professor in Childhood, Education and Social Justice, School of Education, University of Leeds

Joining details 

The session will be delivered via Zoom.

Visit the White Rose Social Science DPT event listing for further details and to book your place.