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 was funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund through the Economic and Social Research Council Network Plus scheme. It was coordinated out of the University of Bristol and worked with partners in India, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. It ran 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. 


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

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.

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Discover how 14 TESF South Africa projects explored "education processes that transgress normalised boundaries between formal & informal, community & school, & generational, racial, class, epistemic & structural divides"

Discover what Somali participatory research can look like and how collective decision-making or shir (sitting together) can contribute. Fascinating insights from 15 TESF projects in Somalia/Somaliland

Find out what TESF Rwanda learned from 14 projects exploring how formal & non-formal education systems can be transformed to improve community livelihoods, empower urban populations & address the ever-changing climate conditions that threaten humanity.

Explore the dynamic relationship between education and sustainable futures in TESF India's rich synthesis of the work of 23 diverse TESF projects