The SDGs Network formalises relationships amongst researchers, policy think tanks and Non-Government Organisations who share a primary interest in enhancing the effective contribution of the EU to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia Pacific. By strengthening collaboration amongst researchers and policy makers, the Network promotes a more effective evidence-base for EU institutions to engage with nations in the region to implement the SDGs.
Its core questions are: how can European Union integration be more effective in supporting the implementation of the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific than would be possible for individual Member States? How can this role be developed further?
The SDGs Network addresses these questions through:
Bruce Wilson is Director of the European Union Centre at RMIT. In this role, he provides insights to and leads research and debate on EU-Australian relations, encouraging mobility for staff and students, and for building partnerships between Australian universities and organisations and their European counterparts. He also leads a major project on comparative regional policy in Europe, Australia and Asia, looking at interventions to promote innovative economic development that improves the living and working conditions of people in metropolitan and rural city-regions. He has had long experience in working with all levels of government on organisational and social change, and is committed to linking researchers and policy makers with city and regional governments in policy formation related to social and economic policy, innovation, lifelong learning and environment. He was a founding Co-Director of Pascal International Observatory.
Professor Andrew MacIntyre
Jose Roberto ‘Robbie’ Guevara is an educator with extensive experience in adult, community and popular education, and participatory action research with a focus on education for sustainable development, environmental education, global citizenship education and development education, within the Asia and South Pacific regions. He is a sought after facilitator for his expertise in participatory, creative and experiential learning methodologies that are grounded in the local context.
He has been inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in October 2012 for his contribution to adult learning in the Asia-Pacific region and was awarded a CONFINTEA Research Scholarship by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning to conduct research on education and resilience in 2016.
Current international development projects include the design and conduct of Curriculum globALE (Global Adult Learning and Education Curriculum) for the Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR with the support of the DVV-International (German Adult Education Association). He has completed a long-term project which involved the design, conduct and evaluation of the Programme for Education for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific for the Asia - Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) and UNESCO Bangkok (2005 - 2014).
He effectively combines his teaching, research and development practice. One example is the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage funded project on “Youth-led Learning: Local Connections and Global Citizenship” with Plan International Australia and the Australian Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne. This project began as a student internship and resulted in the publication of the edited book entitled “Youth-led Learning for Global Citizenship” published by Melbourne University Press.
Michael leads the strategic direction and growth of the UNGC Cities Programme. He has over 20 years of consulting experience in driving sustainability partnerships and outcomes for government, business and civil society. Previously Michael was the Global Leader for Climate and Resilience for AECOM, Director for Sustainable Change (consultancy) and Strategic Planner for Sustainability at RMIT University. He has extensive experience in sustainable urban development and infrastructure in Asia Pacific, Americas and Europe.
Professor Martin Holland
Professor Martin Holland is Director of the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury and of the EU Centres Network New Zealand. He has taught at the Canterbury since 1984 and in 2000 established the NCRE, NZ’s only EU tertiary level research centre. He is internationally recognised for his work on EU Development policy, CFSP and Perceptions of the EU. He initiated the “EU External Perceptions Project” which was recognized by DG EAC as one of the top 20 “Jean Monnet Success Stories” and has supervised projects on perceptions of the EU in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. He has held a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam since 2008 and is the author of over one hundred articles and chapters and twenty-five books, the most recent being Development Policy of the EU (with M. Doidge, Palgrave, 2012); Communicating Europe in the Times of Crisis: External Perceptions of the European Union (Ed. with N. Chaban, Palgrave-McMillan, 2014) and Shaping the EU’s Global Strategy: Partners and Perception (Ed. with N. Chaban Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018)
Dr Serena Kelly
Dr Mathew Doidge
Dr Doidge specialises in the study of the European Union (with a focus on its external relations) and international development. He is a Senior Fellow of the National Centre for Research on Europe, with experience teaching a range of modules on the European Union, and on the politics of international development both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has taught at Universities in New Zealand, Germany and the United Kingdom, and has authored a number of articles and books addressing the external relations of the EU, including its development policy. His research interests include: EU external relations (with foci on development policy and EU–Asia relations), regionalism, interregionalism, and development. Dr Doidge has recently been funded with an Erasmus+ Jean Module ‘European Union Development Policy in International Context’ module.
Professor Michael Osborne
Michael Osborne is Professor of Adult and Lifelong Learning at the University of Glasgow and Director of Research within the School of Education.
He is experienced in adult and continuing education, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education research, development and evaluation. He is also Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CR&DALL) within the College of Social Sciences, and Co-director of the PASCAL Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Lifelong Learning within the School of Education. He has been a co-convenor of the People, Places, Engagement and Change research cluster within the Adam Smith Research Foundation of which he was a Board member. CR&DALL is a constituent part of the Glasgow Centre for International Development, providing its Education component, using in particular its links with Africa in this role. Professor Osborne sits on the university's Africa working group.
He is a Visiting Professor at RMIT Melbourne, a Docent of the University of Tampere and is an External Member of the Artistotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.
Professor Michele Schweisfurth
Michele is Professor of Comparative and International Education and Director of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at the University of Glasgow. She has a wide range of experiences teaching and researching in education institutions in different national contexts (including Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Scotland, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Russia, South Africa, Lesotho, Rwanda, The Gambia, India and China), from primary schools to universities, and in non-formal education. She has particular expertise in comparative methods, in pedagogy, and in the relationship between education and political development. For further details including current projects, please see https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/education/staff/micheleschweisfurth/.
Professor Jacqueline Lo
Executive Director of ANU Centre for European Studies wining 2 large grants from European Commission to co-fund the Centre and its international and programmes in Asia/Europe/North America since 2011. Highly experienced academic leader. Also holds appointment as Chair of ANU Academic Board, the apex of academic governance. Her research focuses on issues of nationalism, transnationalism, migration, diaspora and the interaction of cultures and communities across ethnic, national and regional borders. Jacqueline has considerable experience in education and cultural policy, cultural diplomacy and research management. She has advised the Australian government on arts, education and multicultural policies for many years. The Founding Chair of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network, she was awarded the Chevalier Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 2014 for building European-French cultural relations. She also holds a number of adjunct and visiting positions in Europe and the USA.
Dr Yeo Lay Hwee
Dr YEO Lay Hwee is Director of the European Union Centre in Singapore. She is also Council Secretary at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Adjunct Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies and Co-Editor for the Asia Europe Journal.
Lay Hwee sits on several Academic Advisory Boards including Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University, KU Leuven’s Master in European Studies Programme; Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, Tallinn University of Technology, and the Leiden Asia Centre in Leiden University.
An international relations expert, her research interests revolve around comparative regionalism, multilateralism and governance networks. She has written extensively on issues pertaining to Asia-Europe relations in general, and in particular, the ASEM process and EU-ASEAN relations.
News and Events
23 October 2018
Jean Monnet Sustainable Development Goals Network Seminar Series 1 - No Poverty
The seminar series is supported by the EU Centre’s Jean Monnet Network on the EU’s Role in the Implementation of the SDGs in Asia Pacific. Each seminar will be accompanied a Briefing Paper. The first, on SDG 1: No Poverty, will be launched at this public seminar.Find out more Jean Monnet Sustainable Development Goals Network Seminar Series 1 - No Poverty
Launch of the EU Centre’s Sustainable Development Goals Network
On the 23rd July, the EU Centre was delighted to host the launch of Jean Monnet Network on the EU’s Role in the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Asia Pacific.Find out more Launch of the EU Centre’s Sustainable Development Goals Network