LSST Aston Lecturer Publishes Article on UN Sustainable Development Goals in Elsevier Journal

Kunal Chan Mehta

By Kunal Chan Mehta | Article Date: 5 April 2023

Michael Demehin's research underlines the integration of global disruptions, like COVID-19, into UN developmental agendas (Photo: LSST)

LSST celebrates a major research achievement as one of its Senior Lecturers, Michael Demehin, co-authors a research paper published by Elsevier, one of the world's leading academic publishers.


Michael, who is also Course Coordinator for the De Montfort University accredited BSc Health and Wellbeing in Society program, expressed his gratitude to LSST Aston's Dean, Mr Mohsin Riaz, for his encouragement during the research process: ‘Many thanks to Mr Riaz, for his unwavering support and guidance throughout. This achievement would not have been possible without his encouragement.’

The study titled ‘Long Walk to 2030: A Bibliometric and systematic review of research trends on the UN sustainable development goal 3’ analysed articles published from 2015 to 2021 to evaluate studies on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) focused on health and well-being. ‘The study helps to advance our understanding of evolutionary trends in these studies and highlights the need to integrate global disruptions, such as COVID-19, into the developmental agenda’ added Michael. ‘The study also emphasises the importance of addressing global health financing and research funding within sub-Saharan Africa to achieve good health and well-being.’

Mr Ali Jafar Zaidi, LSST’s Deputy CEO, said: ‘The paper is a testament to Michael’s exceptional research skills and academic competence. It demonstrates his ability to collaborate with other experts in the field and produce high-quality research that can contribute to the advancement of knowledge in SDG specialisation.’

Speaking about Michael’s research paper, Dr George Panagiotou, LSST’s Principal, added: ‘This achievement is particularly noteworthy given the robust standards that Elsevier sets for its publications making the journal a coveted platform for researchers across the world.’

    Michael Demehin’s study provides policymakers working on SDG health with valuable insights into research gaps within the indicators and funding challenges facing developing countries (Photo: LSST)

Dr Maryam Usman-Idris, the Coordinator of LSST’s Research Centre, commented: ‘Michael is one of the most recognised authors at LSST and his recent publication is yet another testimony to the support and encouragement offered to staff to contribute to the world of research.’

Dr Ned Uwabuike, Chair of LSST’s Research Services Council, said: ‘This significant research milestone emphasises LSST's commitment to producing impactful research in collaboration with international academics. The research paper, which has already garnered attention in academic circles, will positively impact the credibility of LSST as a higher institution of research, teaching, and learning.’  

At LSST, academic excellence and research that contributes to society remain top priorities. Michael Demehin's publication serves as a source of inspiration for other lecturers to pursue their research interests with enthusiasm and collaborate with other experts in their fields. Furthermore, it is expected to motivate students to work towards their academic goals and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their respective areas of study.

Michael will soon be offering webinars and debate sessions for all LSST students and staff.

Debate 1: How can research on UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 become more inclusive?

Debate 2: How can bibliometric reviews be complemented to enhance the assessment of the impact of research on SDG 3?

Read Michaels’s research paper here

“Long walk to 2030”: A bibliometric and systematic review of research trends on the UN sustainable development goal 3:

Additional reading

United Nations. (n.d.). The 17 Goals - Sustainable Development. United Nations.

LSST’s Deputy CEO speaks with the United Nations Global Compact about a united response to the COVID-19 outbreak:

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4 thoughts on “LSST Aston Lecturer Publishes Article on UN Sustainable Development Goals in Elsevier Journal”

  1. This is very encouraging to see one of my teacher publishing his work , well done 👍

    • Profession: Student
  2. OMG, just came across this. Well done ! You are a true role model and I must say I followed your footsteps entering the Symposium article where I came second. My lecturer you made people far and near proud.

    • Profession: NHS worker/ Student
  3. Well done for publishing your work and still tutoring, guiding, and supporting your students.

    • Profession: Student
  4. Micheal well done again you inspired me at all times .you have challenged me to make my dream bigger Shalom

    • Profession: Senior Support Worker

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