Mapping Sustainable Development Goals Research in Social Sciences: A Bibliometric Analysis


  • Anderson Antônio Lima Faculdade de Tecnologia de São Paulo - FATEC, São Paulo, (Brasil)
  • Thiago de Luca Santana Ribeiro Faculdade de Tecnologia de São Paulo - FATEC, São Paulo, (Brasil)



Bibliometric Analysis, Sustainable Development Goals, Applied Social Sciences


Objective: This study aims to conduct a bibliometric analysis to track the evolution of research on sustainable development goals in the social sciences field. The main objective is to understand how this research has evolved over time and the underlying intellectual structure guiding the studies.

Method: The research utilizes bibliometric analysis, examining citations, author networks, and keyword recurrence in the relevant literature. This approach allows for mapping the development of the scientific field related to sustainable development goals and identifying influential authors, their affiliations, and research collaborations.

Results: The bibliometric analysis revealed seven distinct research clusters in the field of sustainable development goals within applied social sciences. Particularly noteworthy was a significant cluster focused on exploring the interrelation among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), highlighting the interest in understanding their interactions and complementarity.

Conclusions: The bibliometric analysis provided valuable insights into the evolving trends and themes in sustainable development goal research within the social sciences. The identification of seven clusters and the emphasis on the interplay of the SDGs underscore the relevance and complexity of this research area. These findings have important implications for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working on implementing sustainable development goals. Understanding the intellectual structure and influential authors in this field can enhance the effectiveness of future research efforts. Additionally, fostering collaboration among institutions and researchers can further advance knowledge and generate innovative solutions to address the challenges of sustainable development.


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Author Biographies

Anderson Antônio Lima, Faculdade de Tecnologia de São Paulo - FATEC, São Paulo, (Brasil)

Doutor em Administração de Empresas pela Univerdidade Nove de Julho - UNINOVE, São Paulo, (Brasil). Professor de ensino superior Faculdade de Tecnologia de São Paulo - FATEC, São Paulo. Gerente de unidade de lazer da Associação dos Funcionários Públicos do Estado de São Paulo.

Thiago de Luca Santana Ribeiro, Faculdade de Tecnologia de São Paulo - FATEC, São Paulo, (Brasil)

Doutor em Administração pela Universidade Nove de Julho (2022). Professor permanente de Gestão e Negócios da Faculdade de Tecnologia do Estado de São Paulo - FATEC, São Paulo.


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How to Cite

Lima, A. A., & Ribeiro, T. de L. S. (2023). Mapping Sustainable Development Goals Research in Social Sciences: A Bibliometric Analysis. Life Style, 10(00), e01562.