Regional Centre of Expertise Wales

Well-being of future generations

RCE Cymru’s vision

RCE Cymru facilitates collaboration to research, develop and promote a greater understanding of sustainability and well-being of current and future generations, and is central to co-developing the sustainable ‘Wales we want’.


Facilitate the creation of cohesive communities or circles of interest driven in part but not exclusively by the Welsh Universities’ Future Generations Group (HEFGG), each community working to its strength and sharing that expertise so that individual strength becomes the strength of all.

Developing a ‘hub of expertise’ for education on sustainable development and the well-being of future generations across Welsh Universities which will work with the communities of interest across Wales to research and promote local and global citizenship. Using the Well-being of Future Generations framework – the one sustainable development goal, the four pillars, the five ways of working and the seven Wellbeing Goals enshrined in the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 to guide and shape the work of the RCE and to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

What is an RCE?


An RCE involves a range of stakeholders including higher education institutions, environmental NGOs, scientists, researchers, museums, local government, businesses, volunteers, or individuals who work in the spheres of sustainable development such as economic growth, social development, and environmental protection, students and learners at all levels.


An RCE is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal organisations that facilitate learning towards sustainable development in local and regional communities. A network of RCEs worldwide constitute the Global Learning Space for Sustainable Development.



RCEs bring together institutions at the regional level to jointly promote Education for Sustainable Development. They build innovative platforms to share information and experiences and to promote dialogue among regional/local stakeholders through partnerships for sustainable development.


A global network of RCEs formed in 2003 by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability in response to the UN resolution announcing the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). Currently over 150 RCEs have officially been acknowledged by the United Nations University worldwide.

The Secretariat

In 2017 the Wales RCE underwent a rejuvenation process, to reflect the new developments and responsibilities outlined in the Well-being of Future Generations Act. The secretariat currently consists of two Higher Education institutions

Dr. Einir Young

Bangor University

Senior Research Fellow, School of History, Law and Social Sciences

Professor Gavin Bunting

Swansea University

Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chair of Circular Economy Research and Innovation Group Wales & RCE Cymru

Chirs Deacy

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Assistant HR Director: Health, Safety and Well-being

Circles of interest

Healthy Universities and Colleges


Circular Economy Research and Innovation Group Wales


Teaching and Learning


Resilient Communities


Language and Culture


Social Perscribing


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