Research Projects

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 Focus

SEPN’s research 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?

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

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

The Whole School Approach

In conducting its research, SEPN examines how formal, non-formal, and informal education systems are engaging with sustainability in five main areas:

  • Curriculum and Teaching (Education): Sustainability is included in all academic courses, inside and outside of the classroom
  • Research: Research and/or evaluations are conducted on sustainability in education settings and/or systems
  • Facilities and Operations: Sustainability is modelled through changes to physical buildings and campuses
  • Governance: A culture of sustainability is embedded across the entire system and within its leadership
  • Community Engagement and Outreach: Education systems and institutions engage and partner with the community on sustainability-related projects