Required reading:

Kates, R. W., Parris, T. M., & Leiserowitz, A. A. (2005). What is sustainable development? Goals, indicators, values, and practiceEnvironment(Washington DC)47(3), 8-21.

United Nations (2014). Global Sustainable Development Report, 2014 Prototype Edition. , UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York. [Read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 only]

United Nations (2015). Global Sustainable Development Report, 2016 Edition. , UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York. [Read Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 7 and Chapter 9 only]

United Nations (2016). Global Sustainable Development Report, 2016 Edition. , UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York. [Read Chapters 3-6 only; *note: Chapter 5 is a re-read from Week 7’s Global Classroom with David C. Smith]

Howells, M., Hermann, S., Welsch, M., Bazilian, M., Segerström, R., Alfstad, T., … & Wiberg, D. (2013). Integrated analysis of climate change, land-use, energy and water strategiesNature Climate Change3(7), 621-626.

Further reading:

United Nations (2014). Global Sustainable Development Report, 2014 Prototype Edition. , UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York. [Chapters 3, 4 and 8]

United Nations (2015). Global Sustainable Development Report, 2016 Edition. , UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York. [Chapter 8]

If interested in quantitative modeling, you may want to have a look at:

UN DESA, Modeling Tools for Sustainable Development.

UN-DESA (2012). Rio+20 Issues Brief 12 – Science and Technology for Sustainable Development.

If you have lots of time:

Kanie, N., & Biermann, F. (2017). Governing through goals: Sustainable development goals as governance innovation. MIT Press.