The Sustainable Futures in Africa (SFA) Network

The Sustainable Futures in Africa (SFA) Network is an interdisciplinary collective that brings together researchers, educators, and communities of practice that acknowledge the situated and complex nature of practices and conceptions 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 political and cultural geography, public pedagogies, community and adult education, social arts, earth sciences, health sciences, and engineering); third-sector organisations (working with environmental and social sustainability in African contexts); and community stake-holders (living and working in areas of focus). Participants currently span the UK, Uganda, Botswana, Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Africa, and the reach of the network continues to expand.

The Network’s Aims Are:

  • to address the relationship between social, cultural, and ecological factors in sustainability in Africa through interdisciplinary research initiatives
  • to discover opportunities in the disparities between ontologies of the global north and the global south inherent in international collaborations and global endeavours
  • to shape and support new opportunities for impact and inquiry that address locally-articulated, socio-ecological challenges

The Network’s current infrastructure includes a website ( and social media platorms; a growing base of funding to support knowledge sharing and capacity strengthening (ESRC, SFC); and a core group of University of Glasgow scholars and support staff who are providing the leadership and administration of this initiative. Currently, this team includes: Deborah Dixon, Mia Perry, Brian Barret, Daniel Koehn, Neil Burnside, Philip Nicholson, Molly Gilmour, Bonnie Slade and Daniel Haydon.