Research Handbook and Training

The research handbook

The Handbook is aimed at those with some knowledge of permaculture but no research background who want to undertake a permaculture research project, whether as diploma apprentices, undergraduates, volunteers, or just for fun.

“Research” can be a scary concept, bringing to mind lab-coated figures staring intently at test tubes. In truth, however, research is all around us. In fact if you are taking the permaculture design process seriously, you are already a researcher!

This free, comprehensive guide will walk you through the entire process for taking your research from idea to reality. Using the guide will not only help you learn how to conduct quality research but will deepen your understanding of applied permaculture.

In the Handbook we use the SADIMETS model of the design process to explain the research sequence, but it doesn't matter which model you use, as long as you get the essence right. We have overlaid the SADIMETS model with another loop: the 'action research cycle'. The two cycles closely follow each other. We have structured the handbook using this overlay of the two processes. In seven straightforward steps (survey, analyse, design, implement and maintain, evaluate, tweak, and share) the handbook will guide you through the research process from your first project idea to a written final report.

We offer the Research Handbook as a free resource, but welcome donations to support this and future research projects.