The Re-Place network has now merged with the CREATE research network to become the Centre for Creativity, Sustainability and Educational Futures. Please visit CenCSE to find out about our current research activity. 


This research group is founded on the premise that the geographical concepts of space and place offer productive lenses through which to explore the nexus between sustainability and education. We understand sustainability to be a fluid and contested term, which encompasses matters of global education and ethics, social and environmental justice, diversity, citizenship, and development.  Listening to, and learning from, the multiple perspectives that can emerge from relational encounters - between different cultures, generations, and the more-than-human - presents the possibility of rethinking and reframing ways of knowing and ‘being-in-the-world’.

We believe education is a crucial vehicle for this endeavour and seek to understand the spaces, places, and pedagogies of relational transformative learning that might engender these different ways of knowing and being. We engage in participatory and collaborative research methodologies, which are critically reflexive, and mindful of how social knowledge is always co-created and negotiated.

International research collaborations

The ESRC Global Partnerships for Mutual Learning project is international with research consultants in The Gambia and Southern India

The EC  ‘Science Education for Diversity’ is an international project with partners in India, Lebanon, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Turkey Europe (England/Netherlands) and the partner countries of India, Turkey, Lebanon and Malaysia 

Re-Place is working collaboratively with academics in Canterbury Christ Church University, Liverpool Hope University and Plymouth University. We will be running a short seminar series in 2012-13. Please contact for further details.

Impact activity

A major output of the Global Partnerships for Mutual Learning project has been the development of an online learning resource, Frameworks for Intercultural Learning.  The purpose of this site is to provide educational materials that support deeper understanding of the factors that affect productive intercultural learning.

Re-Place is developing strong links across the University within initiatives such as Sustainability@Exeter, HASS Strategy and Bridging the Gaps.

We are working with the following organisations on an impact strategy for Global Partnerships for Mutual Learning: Geographical Association, Tide~ global learning, Lifeworlds Learning, Development Education Centre South Yorks.

External networking: Re-Place has strong links with South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition, Transition Network, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust.

Affiliated Members

  • Martin Paine (University of York)
  • Tony Potterton (CADE, Cornwall Association for Development Education)
  • Dr Lynne Wyness (University of Plymouth)