1st Edition

Navigating the Research-Policy Relationship Studies in Environmental and Sustainability Education

Edited By Mark Rickinson, Marcia McKenzie Copyright 2024

    Drawing on studies in environmental and sustainability education, this book brings together new work that has explored the research-policy interface in varied contexts and from diverse perspectives.It will be beneficial to those interested in understanding the interface between research and policy.

    The relationship between research and policy has become an increasing focus for theoretical inquiry, empirical investigation, and practical development across many different fields. This volume highlights new empirical insights, theoretical ideas, practical examples, and methodological approaches for understanding, navigating, and developing more productive research-policy relationships.

    This book will be beneficial to anyone who is interested in understanding the interface between research and policy. The chapters in this book were originally published in the journal Environmental Education Research.

    1. Introducing the complexities of the research-policy relationship
    Mark Rickinson and Marcia McKenzie
    2. Understanding the research-policy relationship: insights from the critical policy and evidence use literatures
    Mark Rickinson and Marcia McKenzie
    3. The changing and complex entanglements of research and policy making in education: issues for environmental and sustainability education
    Bob Lingard
    4. A reflection on the relational aspects of research policy interfaces
    Anne Edwards
    5. Understanding policymakers’ perspectives on evidence use as a mechanism for improving research-policy relationships
    Louise Shaxson and Annette Boaz
    6. Environment and sustainability education research as policy engagement: (re-)invigorating ‘politics as potentia’ in South Africa
    Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Eureta Rosenberg, and Presha Ramsarup
    7. Reflections on the science–policy interface within education for sustainable development in Germany
    Mandy Singer-Brodowski, Antje Brock, Julius Grund, and Gerhard de Haan
    8. Colombia’s national policy of environmental education: a critical discourse analysis
    María Angélica Mejía-Cáceres, Alejandra Huérfano, Alan Reid & Laísa María Freire
    9. Improving policy through research-practice partnerships: Reflections and analysis from New York City
    Oren Pizmony-Levy, Meredith McDermott, and Thaddeus T. Copeland
    10. Sustainability education research and policy in Cyprus: an investigation into their roles and relationships
    Aravella Zachariou and Konstantinos Korfiatis


    Mark Rickinson is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His work is focused on understanding and improving the use of research in education policy and practice.

    Marcia McKenzie is Professor of Global Studies and International Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Melbourne, Australia. She works in critical policy studies, including in relation to sustainability and climate change education.