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TESF is a multi-million pound GCRF funded research programme that supports collaborative research to Transform Education for Sustainable Futures.

The programme addresses the role of education in climate action, decent work and sustainable cities. Cross-cutting themes such as poverty reduction, gender equity, ethics, inclusion, and indigenous knowledge provide contextual nuance to the research.


  • Synthesise and share existing and emerging knowledge about sustainable development concerns and actions, and how these shape the need for transformative education system change
  • Co-produce the evidence and arguments urgently needed to transform education and training systems so that they contribute meaningfully to socially and environmentally just development
  • Develop a network of researchers in universities, NGOs, government departments, social movements and Community Based Organisations with the capacity to undertake innovative, engaged, transdisciplinary and impactful research facilitated through the work of four national hubs in India, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland and South Africa

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50% of our funding will be used to support a balanced mix of exploratory, innovative studies and pilot projects, workshops, and exchange fellowships within the four hub countries of India, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland and South Africa. Funded projects will reflect the range of our concerns geographically and topically. We will fund small (£10k), medium (£30k) and a handful of large (£100K) projects lasting between 12-18 months. Our call for proposals will come out in December 2020. Proposals will be expected to show how the co-production of new knowledge will contribute to the TESF Network’s objectives.

The support of the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) is gratefully acknowledged by TESF (award title ‘UKRI GCRF Transforming Education Systems for Sustainable Development (TES4SD) Network Plus’).

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