Governing Education for Sustainable Development: Towards Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education

Towards Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education


Partners: IBF, United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, The University of Queensland

Impact: This project provided a contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 4, Quality Education (SDG 4) through analyzing stakeholder partnerships and collaboration for the implementation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The outcomes of the research argue that a better understanding of limiting and fostering factors preventing greater collaboration for ESD is required in order to meet the targets set by SDG 4 which advocates for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education. This research project provides a multi-level governance analysis (global, national and institutional) on ESD and key stakeholders’ perceptions on limiting and fostering factors in collaborative governance for ESD. It also increases our understanding of whether ESD policy developed at the international level can be imagined at the national, institutional and local levels and highlights the factors involved in collaboration for ESD. This hopefully helps us understand how to develop rhetoric that can advance from policy to impact. Conclusions drawn from these analyses highlight key inconsistencies and gaps that resulted from incompatible perspectives and motivations for realizing ESD at all levels of governance.