Dr Susan Germein, an early career researcher from Western Sydney University, completed her PhD in Education in 2022 with a research project in rural Uttarakhand. This year, she had the opportunity to revisit India to pursue her research project, ‘Sustainable water futures thinking skills: A collaborative and intercultural inquiry’, as part of the Australia India Research Students (AIRS) Fellowship program. Her Fellowship project focused on situating Education for Sustainability (EfS) principles within the context of groundwater sustainability in Rajasthan, and as a transformative educational approach in an intercultural space. Here, she reflects on her research exchange, delving into the importance of conducting ethical and respectful research in another country.
Can you tell me more about Education for Sustainability? Education for Sustainability (EfS) gained currency during the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. It is an approach to learning that develops the necessary knowledge, skills, values and perspectives for individuals to become change agents towards sustainability in community, business, educational or other institutional settings. It recognises the intricate interconnections and ecological nature of the challenges we encounter on a global scale.