Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures

Welcome to the TESF Network Plus

We support 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 April 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

Call for Proposals

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 are looking to fund and support a balanced mix of exploratory, innovative studies and pilot projects within the four countries of India, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland and South Africa with a total commissioning budget of £1.76m. Funding levels will vary from small (£10k) to large (up to £30k, £50k and £72.5k, depending on country) for projects lasting up to 12 months. Proposals will be expected to show how the co-production of new knowledge will contribute to the TESF network’s objectives.

Please note that our call for proposals has now closed. We will be publishing details of the commissioned research shortly.

Latest Research

Latest research

A presentation from South Africa on the Covid-19 education response providing intersecting perspectives on why water, food and livelihoods matter in transforming education for sustainable futures.

Action-based research in Rwanda exploring the use of solar-powered radios to reach poor communities in remote areas.

A Sociology Mind article exploring the educational and broader social impacts of Covid-19 control measures in the education sector in Somalia/Somaliland.

A rapid response paper reflecting the network’s collective experience in terms of responses to the current crisis caused by the pandemic.