Exploring Some Specific Case Studies

  • Joachim Monkelbaan
Part of the Sustainable Development Goals Series book series (SDGS)


This chapter contains the four specific case studies for this book:
  1. (1)

    The first case study concerns the decarbonization of the global economy (SDG 13);

  2. (2)

    The second case study is about ways in which energy efficiency can contribute to achieving the SDGs;

  3. (3)

    The third case study is focused on the ‘water–energy–food–climate’ nexus or, in other words, the ways in which the domains of water, energy, food, and climate influence each other and how governance can better address these linkages;

  4. (4)

    The fourth case study is about the rapidly evolving governance of trade in sustainable energy technologies (SETs). The case shows how trade disputes, top-down ambitions and bottom-up initiatives provide the dynamics for a new global agreement that can unlock the forces of globalization in the quest for a low-carbon economy and

A detailed investigation of these cases studies is warranted for the following reasons:
  • These combined fields (e.g. trade and sustainable energy) are examples of dynamic governance areas in search of a sustainable direction;

  • The sustainability challenges addressed in the cases require multilevel governance (this includes taking global perspectives into account);

  • The case studies show that sustainability discourses can be conflicting both with each other and with other economic, political and social discourses;

  • The selected case studies are sufficiently diverse to provide valid but general and preliminary insights into the various dynamics in governance for the SDGs.


Case studies Decarbonization Energy efficiency Water–energy–food nexus Trade Environmental goods and services 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Monkelbaan
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  1. 1.University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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