The Research

Research Focus

SEPN focuses on the following four questions:

  1. What evidence is there of sustainability uptake in policy and practice?
  2. How does this sustainability uptake relate to other priorities in policy and practice?
  3. What are some of the influences on the development and enactment of sustainability policy and practice? (e.g. actors, networks, other policies, local place, political context)?
  4. What are the relationships between practice and existing policy?

 

Guiding Principles

SEPN’s research is guided by these principles:

  • An overarching methodological toolkit which includes a core set of methods, with adaptations determined based on local contexts
  • Common data collection processes to enable comparative research
  • Ability to inform monitoring of the SDGs and GAP priorities by sharing project databases with UN and UNESCO evaluation processes
  • Community development via dynamic, two-way policy maker-researcher collaboration
  • Commitment to integrate Indigenous perspectives and considerations throughout the research
  • Innovative postgraduate training deeply integrates students, postdoctoral fellows, and emerging scholars into research activities