Permaculture Research

All aspects of the Permaculture Association's research share two key aims: 1. building a strong evidence base for permaculture and 2. improving permaculture practice.

Our aim is to fulfil these aims through achieving seven results:

  • Creating permaculture research protocols
  • 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
  • Conducting high quality research projects

Research team

Dr Chris Warburton Brown is the Permaculture Association's director of research. Chris provides strategic planning and oversight, fund raises for new projects, runs the Permaculture Research Digest, coordinates the Permaculture International Research Network, and manages the team. 

Alongside Chris, the research team currently comprises Dr Naomi van der Velden, who leads on the EU funded GROW Observatory. Volunteers help, including Tomas Remiarz who advises on all matters related to forest gardens, Tania Walisch runs the International Forest Garden Survey, and Cat Richards manages the PIRN Facebook page. We are happy to welcome new volunteers to the team!

Research strategy

Read the research strategy 2014 - 2018