We are pleased to announce an international team led by SEPN Director Marcia McKenzie has been awarded a $280,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant to research “The Influences of Policy Actors on UN Policy Programs on Climate Change Education.”

This study will examine the influences of governmental and nongovernmental policy-makers on three U.N. policy programs, with a focus on climate change education. Collaborators include Drs. Aaron Benavot (University at Albany-SUNY), Fazal Rizvi (University of Melbourne), Nina Kolleck (Freie Universitat), Alan Reid (Monash University), and Stefan Bengtsson (Uppsala University).

Through network analysis of social media, U.N. meeting observation, and interviews with decision-makers, the researchers will address a current gap in knowledge on the influences of these policy makers on U.N. education policy programs. The results are expected to strengthen the transparency and quality of U.N. policy programs, contributing to more effective and far-reaching education, training, and public awareness on climate change, both in Canada and globally.