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

Research methods, protocols, and processes are tailored to different international contexts through consultation with local collaborators and partners.

Research Focus

SEPN’s research explores evidence of sustainability uptake in policy and practice, how sustainability uptake relates to other priorities in policy and practice, influences on the development and enactment of sustainability policy and practice (e.g. actors, networks, other policies, local place, political context), and the relationships between practice and existing policy. Our research focus areas currently include:

Visit our Publications page to see our research briefs, infographics, technical reports, and scholarly articles.