The Sustainable Futures in Africa (SFA) Network

The Sustainable Futures in Africa (SFA) Network is an interdisciplinary collective that brings together researchers, practitioners, and communities of practice that acknowledge the situated and complex nature of sustainability. The Network aims to build understanding, research, and practice in socio-ecological sustainability in Africa.

Specifically, the Network includes the participation of researchers (from geography and earth sciences, community and adult education, applied social arts, health sciences, and engineering); third-sector organisations (working with environmental and social sustainability, with arts and cultural practice, and with community engagement in African contexts); and community stake-holders (living and working in areas of focus). Participants currently span the Uganda, Botswana, Nigeria, Malawi, and the UK, and the reach of the network continues to expand.

The Network’s Objectives Are:

  • To discover opportunities in the disparities between ontologies of the global north and the global south inherent in international collaborations and global endeavors (Theories);
  • To address the relationship between social, cultural, and ecological factors in sustainability in Africa through interdisciplinary research initiatives (Methods);
  • To shape and support new opportunities for impact and inquiry that address locally-articulated, socio-ecological challenges (Impact).

The Network’s current infrastructure includes a website ( and social media platforms; a growing base of research, funding to support knowledge sharing and capacity strengthening (ESRC, EPSRC & SFC); and a core group of scholars, practitioners, and support staff who are providing the leadership and administration of this initiative.