University of Nottingham Malaysia
School of Education

Research at the School of Education

Sustainability and Transformational Education Research Cluster (STERC)

The School of Education’s Sustainability and Transformational Education Research Cluster (STERC) aspires to be a leader for research in education within the Asia Pacific region, with a broad commitment to investigating issues within formal, informal and community education contexts and its interlinkages. Our commitment in STERC responds to the School’s humanistic, transformational, holistic, sustainable and inclusive philosophy, which is aimed at improving life chances of individuals and communities. Leveraging on this philosophy, we strive to contribute to SDG 4 (Quality Education), 10 (Reduced Inequalities), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 13 (Climate Action) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), in tandem with the sustainability aspirations of the university.


To be a leading research cluster in sustainability and transformational education in the Asia Pacific region.


To conduct innovative research by engaging diverse stakeholders in:

  1. Creating social change
  2. Generating real-world solutions
  3. Embracing inclusivity and diversity
  4. Promoting transdisciplinary research
  5. Informing and impacting policy and practice
  6. Developing future generations of educational researchers

Three Thrusts for Research

We aspire to the highest levels of research performance and have set out to systemically build upon our strengths to develop a research strategy designed to increase impact and build capacity. To realise new synergy that combines strengths from diverse Schools and external parties, we engage closely with colleagues from Schools across the university, as well as local and international collaborators from academia, industry, NGOs and communities.

STERC’s vision is driven by three thrusts of research: (i) Education for Sustainability and Inclusivity, (ii) Education for STREAM and Digitalisation, and (iii) Education for Language Learning Sciences.


Education for Sustainability and Inclusivity
Sub Areas of Focus
  • Sustainability and Climate Change Education, Adaptation and Mitigation​
  • Sustainable Schools, Higher Education Institutions and Communities​
  • Indigenous Futures​
  • Ecopedagogogy​
  • Whole School/Whole Institution Approaches​
  • Education and the SDGs for interdisciplinary solutions​
  • Living Labs
  • Whole School/Whole Institution Approaches​
  • School Ecology​
  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Alternative Curriculum​
  • Critical Pedagogy​
  • Early Intervention​
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism​
  • Creative Pedagogy​
Research Thrust Leads
Education for STREAM and Digitalisation
Sub Areas of Focus
  • Blended, Flipped and Hybrid Learning​
  • Engineering Education​
  • Maker Culture
  • Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning​
  • Multimodality ​
  • e-PLC (Personal Learning Community)
  • Educational Leadership and Management
Research Thrust Leads
Education for Language Learning Sciences
Sub Areas of Focus
  • English Language and Literacy​
  • Early Language Development and Disorder
  • Science of Reading
  • Vocabulary Development​
  • Multilingualism
  • Translanguaging​
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) 
Research Thrust Leads


Centre Research Nexus Partners 

STERC welcomes local and international interdisciplinary collaboration with academia, industry, NGOs and communities working within the education ecosystem. Please contact Associate Professor Dr Subarna Sivapalan, STERC research cluster lead and Head of the School of Education, University of Nottingham Malaysia at for more details.

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