The aim was to discuss implications of COVID-19 for education research, and how to foster more equitable research partnerships for mutual learning in the current context. Presenters included Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor in Education and Global Development at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and Rafael Mitchell, Co-Director of the Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE) at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Rafael Mitchell made a joint presentation with TESF network members, Wendy Pekeur and Vainola Makan, of Ubuntu Rural Women and Youth Movement on ‘Opening spaces for equitable, locally-responsive knowledge co-creation’. Their presentation showcased an example of the small-scale, dynamic, international research partnerships that are often overlooked in global policy and practice debates. Much important innovative work to contextualise or develop solutions to social and educational challenges is being carried out at the local level.