Our research

The overall goal of our research is to develop understanding of how education systems can act as drivers of sustainable development in India, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland and South Africa. We will realise this through the following objectives: 

Objective One

Develop a sustainable network of researchers based in universities, NGOs, government departments, social movements and community-based organisations with the capacity to undertake rigorous transdisciplinary, innovative, impactful research facilitated through the work of four national hubs in India, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland and South Africa. 

Objective Two

Synthesise and disseminate existing and emerging knowledge about the nature of sustainable development and how it shapes the need for transformative education system change.  

Objective Three

Co-produce the evidence and arguments urgently needed to transform education and training systems so that they become drivers of socially and environmentally just development.  

Call for Proposals 

50% of our funding will be used to support a balanced mix of exploratory and innovative research projects 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 (up to £10k) and large projects (up to £30k, £50k and £72.5k, depending on country) lasting up to 12 months.  

Country research programmes




Somalia / Somaliland

South Africa

C-19 related research – to follow

Core research areas 

  • The development of skills and the agency of young people and adults to achieve sustainable livelihoods 
  • Development of sustainable cities and communities 
  • Taking action for addressing climate change 

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. 

Our research aims to address the interface between education and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 8, 11 and 13. 

Decent Work and Economic Growth
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Climate Action