While much has been written about the contribution higher Education Institutions make to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) through modelling campus wide environmental management policies and embedding sustainability concepts into courses and programs, less consideration is often given to the role of research in this enterprise. Even rarer is discussion of the contribution research higher degree (RhD) students can make to developments in thinking, conceptualizing and problematizing ESD policy and practice. The work of RhD students because it is not always bound to the constraints of global research or publishing house agendas can perhaps be more imaginative and innovative than that of academics locked into a grantseeking publish or perish cycles.
Research on exploring the ways locally-situated educators negotiate and adapt global environmental education programs to suit their contexts.
RhD students come from all different walks of life. This allows them to make up for the lack of experience by different theoretical conceptions and experiences related to their backgrounds. It is thus through freedom, flexibility and diversity that RhD students can contribute to ESD research.