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Understanding policy integration of the Sustainable Development Goals: A Network Theory approach

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Rachel Dodds ,

Ryerson University, Toronto, CA
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Professor, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
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Stephanie Wong

Ryerson University, CA
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School of Social Work
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Abstract

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been much debated but there is no question that their goal is to achieve a more balanced and sustainable planet. This study systematically reviewed literature in order to determine the key criteria needed to implement such goals. A search of Scopus indexed journals as well as grey literature published up to March 2020 yielded 114 papers for examination. Using a Network Theory approach, the study found 14 common criteria for successful policy integration of the SDGs. The findings from this paper support that the achievement of the SDGs needs a comprehensive and holistic approach to achieve them. Through an assessment of many different fields of study, commonalities or networks occurred demonstrating how one goal can support and be a means to an end to achieve another. Conclusions consider that using Network Theory to assess tourism policies may assist in the success of policies for the achievement of the SDGs due to its interrelated nature.
How to Cite: Dodds, R., & Wong, S. (2021). Understanding policy integration of the Sustainable Development Goals: A Network Theory approach. South Asian Journal of Tourism and Hospitality, 1(2), 1–22. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sajth.v1i2.35
Published on 30 Aug 2021.
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