Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures

Welcome to the TESF Network Plus

We have supported collaborative research to develop understanding of how education systems can act as drivers of sustainable development in India, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland and South Africa.

The Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures network is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund through the Economic and Social Research Council Network Plus scheme. It is coordinated out of the University of Bristol and works with partners in India, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. It is due to run for three and a half years, from November 2019 to October 2023. 

Our research addresses the role of education in climate action, decent work and sustainable cities. Addressing inequalities relating to poverty, gender and the status of indigenous knowledge are cross-cutting themes in our work, as are concerns for foregrounding marginalised voices and decolonising research. 

Call for Proposals

Funded projects

Our aim is to develop new knowledge that can assist education policy makers, practitioners, non-governmental and community-based organisations to implement policies and practices in education that are transformative and can contribute to ensuring equitable, just and environmentally sustainable development.

We funded and supported a balanced mix of 67 exploratory, innovative studies and pilot projects lasting up to 12 months within the four countries of India, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland and South Africa.


Explore resources from project teams, Hub teams and our latest Network publications on our Resources pages

🌍🥰Inspiring day of sharing, listening and celebrating the work across the TESF Network - warmest thanks to all who came 🥰🌍

Watch our short legacy film here⬇️
Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures: Our Legacy via @YouTube

📢📅 Counting down to our online Global Legacy Event on Monday 17th

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to check out our Calls to Action 📅📢

Check out our Events page for events coming up this month:
17 @TransformingESF Global Legacy Event reimagining education
18 @A_CAA Digital education for Afghan refugee girls
20 @FCDOGEC Girls with disabilities
27 @OU_CSGD Ethics in the field

💡Get inspired by the richness of TESF India's work in this brilliant film with @iihsin💡

TESF | Interrogating education | Intervening to transform education towa... via @YouTube

⏱️Just 6 days to go until our Global Legacy Event 🌍

🔍Find out more about the fantastic work by projects across 4 Hubs here

📅 and register for the event here

At this year’s LIS x The Conduit event, our students showcased their end-of-year projects to faculty and friends. 👏🫶

These projects exemplify the interdisciplinary perspectives and methods our students learn to tackle the complex problems they feel passionate about. 🌍 🧠

📝🌍Activist-researchers, combatting hunger and sharing stories through theatre ... and much more. See the latest from TESF project teams on our blog 📝🌍