Sustainable development became a mainstream global agenda with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed on by national governments and the international community. The agenda to follow 2015 to 2030 strives for a more sustainable, inclusive world.

This talk captures the innovations in the concepts and themes of the SDGs compared to previous global agendas. Five years into the signing of the SDGs, the talk will critically analyze what processes have been put in place at the global and national levels and the key challenges to realizing these goals. A particular highlight will be placed on the conceptualized contributions around education's role in achieving all sustainable development outcomes and where we find ourselves today. 


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Speaker Bio

Dr. Priya Joshi, MPA *05, is a Senior Analyst with the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report team, the independent global monitoring mechanism for measuring global education progress under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda, based in UNESCO. In the GEM Report team, her principal areas of focus include interrogating the role of non-state actors in education and broadening the discussion around education’s role in achieving sustainable development.

Her primary research agenda and scholarship focuses on the system-wide consequences of private schooling growth for education systems, and using innovative, subjective measures to understand competition, choice and quality differences. She has previously held research positions at the International Monetary Fund, and has done consultancies at UNICEF and the World Bank. Priya also initiated, co-designed and was part of the board of an innovative mobile library project in Nepal, which was one of the World Bank Development Marketplace 2003 Education Sector Project grant winners. Her academic background is in education policy, economics and public policy – she has a PhD in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Public Administration (Economic Policy) from Princeton University. 

Who can attend?

Open to students, postdocs, research scholars, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Registration is required.