SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promoting equitable and sustainable economic growth that offers dynamic and valuable jobs.
The world’s economy is a complex interconnected system. Fostering good, meaningful work is important for the livelihood of individuals across the planet. A robust economy helps to alleviate joblessness and makes households more sustainable.
Take a Deep Dive on SDG 8
Check out the resources collected below that lifts up the importance of decent work from faculty, staff and guest lectures here at UB.
Seeking Equity - Women & Minority Startup Challenges
This webinar will discuss investor financing and the challenges women and minorities face seeking financing, examples of organizations finding parity, and possible solutions for both investors and founders.
Dr. Philip Hong: Support, Employment Hope, and Economic Self-Sufficiency Among Low-Income Jobseekers
Dr. Philip Hong describes his work exploring how welfare reform efforts play out through the eyes and in the lives of people living them. Utilizing a social justice and person-in-environment perspective, he discusses what he is learning about the role of hope and psychological self-sufficiency as articulated by client recipients. (School of Social Work, 12/3/18)
Dr. Rukshan Fernando and Andy Germak: Social Entrepreneurship as a Social Work Practice
When asked about the word "entrepreneurship," most people are likely to think about business-oriented activities, perhaps, more specifically, using business innovation as a route to develop or enhance a business enterprise. However, most people probably have not considered using social consciousness as a foundation for engaging in entrepreneurial activities. In this podcast, Professors Rukshan Fernando and Andy Germak will explore using entrepreneurship as a method to address social change. (School of Social Work, 7/7/14)
Microfinance in India, Indonesia, and the United States: Implications for Social Work
Scholarly literature and practice experience have shown that low-income people around the world can use credit responsibly, make timely payments, and save to make their lives more manageable. In this episode, Dr. Wonhyung Lee, Meera Bhat, and Nurul Widyaningrum discuss the range of financial services called microfinance, which provides low-income persons access to affordable and quality financial services to promote empowerment and the building of assets. (UB School of Social Work, 10/24/16)
Women's Empowerment Through "Credit-Plus" Microfinance in India
Dr. Medha Samant discusses the history and implementation of Annapurna Pariwar, a group of five developmental organizations working in India since 1993. Its goal and mission is to empower poor women and their families related to their finances, education, and health. Dr. Samant describes how she optimizes social workers' skill sets in service to the mission and how she overcame institutional resistance to microfinance efforts to empower the poor. (UB School of Social Work, 5/21/18)
Decent Work and Economic Growth in the News
SUNY Distinguished Professor Andrew Whittaker is part of a cohort led by TerraPraxis, a non-profit focused on action for climate and prosperity, that is developing a digital platform to repower coal plants using advanced nuclear energy.
Hundreds of unemployed, laid-off and underemployed workers in the region will be able to explore entrepreneurial paths and participate in a robust training initiative offered by UB’s Western New York Incubator Network (WIN) and the School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL).
As secondhand clothing sales surge to all-time highs, new research from the School of Management has identified which resale strategy is best for the environment — and the bottom line.
Six UB scientists and engineers have received prestigious grants for early-career investigators through the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) or U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to pursue projects in these areas. Together, the awards total nearly $3.5 million.
Construction is nearing completion on a specialty coffee facility in Africa that is expected to infuse vital new economic opportunities around one of the world’s most coveted agricultural commodities, while potentially being replicated in other coffee-producing parts of the world.
The 2020 U.S. census revealed that the city of Buffalo gained population for the first time in 70 years, a trend fueled by an influx of immigrants and refugees.
School of Architecture & Planning
- END 402: Real Estate Development Fundamentals
- END 411: Environmental Designs Information Systems
- END 422 / URP 522: Economic Development Planning
- URP 525: Financing Development Projects 1
- URP 541: Nonprofit Management
College of Arts & Sciences
- ECO 181: Intro to Macroeconomics
- ECO 182: Intro to Microeconomics
- ECO 201: US Economic History
- ECO 208: Intro to Environmental Economics
- ECO 211: Intro to Health Economics
- ECO 412: Environmental Economics
- ECP 421: Urban Economics
- ECO 405 / 505: Microeconomic Theory
- ECO 407 / 507: Macroeconomic Theory
- ECO 435 / 535: International Economics
- ECO 443 / 543: Labor Economics
- ECO 440 / 544: Economics of Education
- ECO 564: Economics of the Public Sector
- ECO 470 / 570: Economics of Regulation
- ECO 576: Topics in Microeconomics
- ECO 582: Computational Econometrics
- ECO 595: Topics in International Economics
- ECO 609: Macroeconomic Theory 1
- ECO 610: Macroeconomic Theory 2
- ECO 665: Microeconomic Theory 1
- ECO 666: Microeconomic Theory 2
- ECO 708: Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics
- ECO 416 / 516 / 725: Economic Development
- ECO 411 / 511 / 739: Health Economics
- ECO 743: Labor Economics
- EVS 443: Business and Sustainability
- GEO 103: Global Economic Geographies
- GEO 330: Dynamics if International Business
- GEO 333: International Trade
- GEO 334: International Business Culture
- SOC 332: Sociology of Work
- SOC 341: Environment & Society
School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
- IE 320: Engineering Economy
- MAE 564: Manufacturing Automation
Graduate School of Education
- ELP 543: Economics of Education
- ELP 575: Education & Globalization
School of Management
- MGE 602: Global Economics
- MGE 604: Business Economics
- MGG 150: Business & Society
- MGH 644: Healthcare Delivery Models
School of Nursing
- NSG 475: Professional Nursing Practice
School of Public Health
- EEH 538: Intro to Health Economics
- EEH 539: Business of Health Care