SEPN focuses on the following four questions:
- What evidence is there of sustainability uptake in policy and practice?
- How does this sustainability uptake relate to other priorities in policy and practice?
- 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)?
- What are the relationships between practice and existing policy?
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