Research is one of the five key areas of the Association's work. All aspects of the Association's research share two key aims; building a strong evidence base for permaculture and improving permaculture practice.
Our aim is to fulfil these aims through six objectives:
- Engaging more people in permaculture research
- Enabling more people to get access to permaculture research
- Engaging more students and research interns
- Building an international research network
- Increasing links with universities, other academic institutions and policy makers
- Securing funds for long-term reserach goals
In April 2012 the Association appointed its first Research Coordinator, Chris Warburton Brown. Alongside Chris, the research team currently comprises two volunteer interns; Barney Thompson works on our ten-year Forest Garden Research Project and Cat Richards is completing the International Research Survey.
The research team is supported by the Research Advisory Board, 18 experts from academia and other fields who advise on the activities being undertaken and set the key direction of the Association's research through the Research Strategy.
A key part of the research the Association does is the involvement of its members. Opportunities for members to get involved are advertised here and through the e-bulletin. Get in touch if you have an idea for a research project, or research findings you think would be of interest to the permaculture community: Research@permaculture.org.uk
- Contact the Association about getting involved in the Research Advisory Board
- Download the research strategy (see link below)
- Tell us about your research work
Permaculture Research - Digest
We have a research digest portal that provides short summaries of newly published permaculture-related research.
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Mixed vegetable polycultures results
Mixed veg can mean so much more than a quick-fix packet from the freezer. For 50 people around the UK last year, it took on a new meaning – a new way of growing vegetables all mixed up together.
To read the full report, click here