Last updated: February 22, 2023

RCE Dublin

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Date of RCE acknowledgement:
March, 2014
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

In March 2014, RCE Dublin was acknowledged by the United Nations University as a Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for the greater Dublin region. RCE Dublin is coordinated by Dublin City University (DCU) and its partnership includes Educate Together, An Taisce, Dublin City Council, Fighting Words, Exchange House Ireland and ECO-UNESCO. The Director of RCE Dublin is Dr. Charlotte Holland, and the centre is based within the DCU Institute of Education.

Goals and Objectives:
The main thrust of RCE Dublin is to enable citizens to learn how to live more sustainably, and through partnerships with public bodies, industry, NGOs and civil society, RCE Dublin implements creative educational initiatives on sustainability, and engages in frontier research on educating for sustainability here in Ireland and across the globe. RCE Dublin specifically supports the transition towards sustainable futures for all through:
  • the promotion of ethical frameworks of Education for Sustainable Development.
  • the deployment of innovative models of teaching, learning and assessment that further the infusion of sustainability in formal, non-formal and informal learning contexts – see our Project HUB for more information 
  • researching and sharing good practices in ESD – view our Research HUB for more information 
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Dublin City University

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: Dublin City University  
Role: Director RCE Dublin
Contact name: Dr. Charlotte Holland
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Name of organisation: Fighting Words
Role: RCE Dublin Partner
Contact name: Dr. Colm Ó’Cuanacháin
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Name of organisation: Educate Together 
Role: RCE Dublin Partner
Contact name: Dr. Emer Nowland/ Fionnuala Ward
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Name of organisation: An Taisce (National Trust for Ireland) 
Role: RCE Dublin Partner
Contact name: Anthony Purcell
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Name of organisation: ECO-UNESCO Ireland 
Role: RCE Dublin Partner
Contact name: Elaine Nevin
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Name of organisation: Just Forests 
Role: RCE Dublin Partner
Contact name: Tom Roche
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Upcoming Activities:
  • Projects as described above are ongoing.
Currently, RCE Dublin is engaged in 4 projects that align with the priority areas outlined within Global Action Programme and Education 2030 (ESDfor2030), as follows:
RCE Dublin has also been particularly successful in informing policy recommendations on education for sustainable development at global levels through the appointment of the RCE Dublin Director, Dr. Charlotte Holland to T20 Think Tank, the global research and policy advice group which advises leaders of the G20 (the international forum for the governments and central bank governors from the European Union and 19 countries, including: United States, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia and Russia). A number of policy briefs have been led by Dr. Holland, providing guidance for G20 leaders on ways to monitor and assess progress in the achievement of Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Quality Education).  Sample Policy Briefs:
Since its inception in 2014, RCE Dublin has successfully completed six ESD-related projects in priority areas as follows:
Youth-enabled transformations through ESD
ESD for Post-primary students
ESD for educators in Higher Education
Community-based ESD
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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Dr. Charlotte Holland
Secondary RCE Contact:

RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

C304, Dublin City University, Institute of Education, DCU St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, IRELAND