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Global Sustainable Futures Progress through Partnerships Network

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Established in 2020, the Global Sustainable Futures: Progress through Partnerships Network (GSFN) materialised out of the need to connect Global South with Global North and co-address the pressing challenges to sustainable futures through constructive partnerships.
The network is looking forward to full-fledged collaborative and interactive activities and co-creation of knowledge and practices beyond national borders and academic disciplines, contributing to achieving and realising the SDGs Agenda 2030 and beyond. The network is committed to creating collaboration/partnerships across the low-, middle- and high-income countries, reaching out through its coordinators to secure globally sustainable futures that are urgent and important.
The network has planned an engaging, interactive, inclusive, and enthusiastic networking and capacity development programme, starting from the first day of 2021.
Currently, the network comprises 800 coordinators from 105 countries.

Justification / Need

Strengthening Science Technology and Innovation (STI) in the Global South needs a systems approach. Capacity development and a more profound linkage between research, policy and practice can speed up the transition to an innovation-led, knowledge-based economy. Though several strategies are employed to address specific barriers, an open, inclusive, and proactively engaging platform for developing and disseminating empirical research and monitoring and evaluating their effectiveness in delivering SDGs and targets are negligible. Global South and Global North, and within, between and beyond low-, middle- and high-income countries need to progress in research capacity steadily. Still, significant barriers to research are the lack of empirical evidence on strategic transdisciplinary interventions.
The systems approach is essential for an effective response to and recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic in both Global South and Global North.

Status Quo

Missing, however, are the ‘knowledge and skills to ‘integrate’ and ‘network’ these fundamental ingredients of capacity development in organic, real-time, and innovative ways. Thus, a considered, deliberate effort is all-important to build a platform that integrates all the above-listed elements, ultimately improving the research capacity and capability of researchers and sustainability professionals throughout the globe.
There have already been significant consequences in terms of the direct impacts of the public health crisis on health and mortality and indirect effects on social, economic and political systems. Innovation for development has gained traction to achieve growth and humanitarian goals in more novel and creative ways to generate more impact for more people.


GSFN conducts network wide open monthly meetings every second Saturday of the month, which serves as a knowledge exchange platform. These monthly meetings include brainstorming sessions, which serve as knowledge sharing/capacity development/training events. Co-ordinators are informed about the agenda and the brainstorming topic in advance; thus, they came prepared to contribute to these sessions and get engaged in an interactive dialogue. The current debatable topics that make attendees think about sustainable transformation to the sustainable societies and economies, including achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2030 and beyond are selected for the brainstorming session. Topic such as systems-thinking, meaningful stakeholder engagement and the

Desired Outputs

The network collaborates with partners in low- and middle-income countries, global Networks such as Future Earth, Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network (KAN) and International Research Network on Climate Resilient Development (RIPEDRC), to advance science-based knowledge for the Agenda 2030. GSFN is committed to encouraging early career researchers and strives to provide them opportunities to lead on research projects, bringing support or mentoring from senior researchers.

Financial Overview

University College of Estate Management (UCEM) is providing in-kind support to GSFN.

What Are We Looking For?

GSFN was founded on 31st October 2020 by Dr Renuka Thakore from the Research, Innovations and Partnerships Department, UCEM. Dr Renuka Thakore strongly believes that collaborations between various stakeholders, research partnerships between diverse academics and knowledge exchange, and enhancing education could be the key to achieving a sustainable future.

Summary comments

Through GSFN, we want to play a leading role in creating an inclusive, collaborative, innovative, interactive and engaging network of early career researchers and target like-minded stakeholders, including start-ups and entrepreneurs. We want to provide a leading platform that will accelerate impactful solutions by sharing visualisation, research, innovation, and enthusiasm in parallel to the network’s success.
Our priorities are;
Empowering and capacity building
Fair and inclusive
Networking and engagement

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