The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has established 12 Thematic Groups comprising leading scientists, engineers, academics and practitioners from business and civil society to promote solutions to key challenges of sustainable development. The Thematic Groups are solution oriented rather than research oriented and aim to identify practical solutions to the challenges of sustainable development.
Dr. Keith Shepherd has been invited as a member of the new Thematic Network on Data for Sustainable Development. This thematic group will serve as an information and education hub on data collection, processing, and dissemination for sustainable development. It seeks to identify solution-orientated approaches to measuring progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to strengthen the cross-sectoral and multi-scalar analysis of data for SDG monitoring, and encourage greater frequency and quality of data production and monitoring.