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COVID-19: the impact of a global crisis on sustainable development research

Leal Filho, W and Azul, AM and Wall, T and Vasconcelos, CRP and Salvia, AL and do Paço, A and Shulla, K and Levesque, V and Doni, F and Alvarez-Castañón, L and Mac-lean, C and Avila, LV and Damke, LI and Castro, P and Azeiteiro, UM and Fritzen, B and Ferreira, P and Frankenberger, F (2020) COVID-19: the impact of a global crisis on sustainable development research. Sustainability Science. ISSN 1862-4057


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© 2020, Springer Japan KK, part of Springer Nature. The crisis caused by COVID-19 has affected research in a variety of ways. As far as research on sustainable development is concerned, the lockdown has significantly disrupted the usual communication channels and, among other things, has led to the cancellation of meetings and long-planned events. It has also led to delay in the delivery of research projects. There is a gap in the literature in regards to how a global crisis influences sustainability research. Therefore, this ground-breaking paper undertakes an analysis of the extent to which COVID-19 as a whole, and the lockdown in particular, has influenced sustainability research, and it outlines the solutions pursued by researchers around the world to overcome the many challenges they have experienced. This paper also outlines some measures that may be implemented in the future to take more advantage of existing technologies that support research on sustainable development.

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