Update to Permaculture Research Design Course 12

The complete list of instructors is finally up, the schedule is nearly finalized… and I’m just getting more excited about this course. As far as I know, this is the first course ever to focus specifically on the permaculture – research connection. (I’d be happy to be proven wrong, let me know if you’ve heard of another.)

First, the updated flyer. After that, more about course content and instructors.

For more information or to register, please email permacultureresearch2016@gmail.com.

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One thing I’m excited about is how this course has been influenced by my time with the Climate Change Impacts and Modeling research group here at University of Lisbon. This is the most transdisciplinary and action-research orientated environment I’ve ever been part of. Thanks to my collaborators and colleagues, the course will be as much about applying permaculture thinking to research projects, as it is about using research methods to investigate permaculture projects.

First, the content of the course. These are the classroom sessions, including both more-or-less conventional presentations and very participatory exercises:

  • History and Frontiers of Permaculture Research
  • Permaculture Design for Research Projects: Design Process and Action-Research
  • Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Food Security for Malawian Permaculture Smallholders
  • Permaculture Research, Funding Opportunities, and Policy Trajectories in Portugal, the EU, and Beyond
  • Creating a Shared Permaculture Research Agenda
  • Global Carbon Farming Research and Modeling
  • Methods for Permaculture Research: Broad Interdisciplinary Overview
  • Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Permaculture Production Systems
  • Ecosystem Health Monitoring: A Systemic Approach
  • US Community Food Forest Research: Design, Management, and Practices
  • US Forest Farming: On-Farm Research and Field Survey
  • People’s Science, Partnerships, and Networks
  • UK Permaculture Association’s Citizen Network and the Permaculture International Research Network
  • Permaculture Farm Research in France: History, Methods, and Findings

There will also be two Methods Practicums:

  • The Permaculture Research Station: Design and Implementation for Vale da Lama
  • Qualitative Methods: Fostering and Harvesting Collective Knowledge

Design Projects will begin on the second day, and will allow for individual or group projects, with group processes based on participant role and research topic

  • Day 2: Identifying and Refining Research Questions
  • Day 3: Surveying and Selection Methods
  • Day 4: Scaling Up and Connecting
  • Day 5: Project Presentations

And here is the teaching team:

Rafter Sass Ferguson, PhD. Agroecology, political ecology. Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies Towards a Sustainable Europe (BASE) at University of Lisbon. Principal at liberationecology.org

Gil Penha-Lopes, PhD. Functional ecology and climate change adaptation. Lecturer on Sustainability and Co-Founder of ECOLISE. Team leader for BASE.

Hugo Oliveira. Landscape ecology, transformative learning and permaculture design. Researcher with BASE. PhD student on Interdisciplinary Landscape Management – permaculture grassroots movement in Portugal.

With guest instructors

David Avelar, Researcher at Lisbon University. PhD student in ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change and Econics. Collaboration in HortaFCUL permaculture living lab.

Catherine Bukowski. Food forestry, rural and urban development, community food forestry in the US. PhD student in agroforestry at Virginia Tech.*

Abigail Conrad, PhD. Applied anthropology, mixed-methods evaluation of farming systems, food security on permaculture farms in Malawi. Senior Analyst at Abt Associates.*

Immo Fiebrig, PhD. Sustainability assessment of permaculture systems, monitoring and evaluation. Research Fellow at Centre for Agroecology, Water, and Resilience at Coventry University (UK).

Steve Gabriel. Author of Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests, researcher and educator with Cornell Small Farms Program.*

Tom Henfrey, PhD. Environmental anthropology, grassroots sustainability action, community energy. Senior Researcher and Learning Programmes Coordinator at Schumacher Institute (UK), Research Fellow at BASE.

Kevin Morel. Agroecology, urban agriculture, decision making and labor productivity on microfarms. PhD student at INRA/AgroParisTech, UMR SADAPT (Sciences pour l’Action et le Développement: Activités, produits, territoires).

Eric Toensmeier. Author of The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security, Senior Research Fellow at Project Drawdown.*

André Vizinho. Permaculture designer and PhD student with BASE on climate change adaptation, grassroots innovation, action research.

*remote presenters